Peru, 2016

Don’t take taxis from outside the Lima airport.
Danger’s written on the license plate, theft will snatch you

quicker than you can pray to Pachamama.

There are men always hungry for something more
they said— book a cab from inside.

So I did.

Late 40s, thick Spanish tongue, leathered skin,

he let out an odd laugh at the sight of my hiking boots.

You can sit up front, he motioned
as I climbed into the backseat, the weight of my pack now a comfort.
Fragments of language flew as we talked Cusco, ceviche, cervezas.
I gripped the door handle close as he scanned me in the rearview,

said, Muy bonita. Me gusta mucho…spun
around, slid a hand fast up my thigh—

split me in a place I can’t tell you

 

Kara Knickerbocker

Kara Knickerbocker is a writer from Saegertown, Pennsylvania and the author of the chapbook Next to Everything that is Breakable (2017). She earned her B.A. in English from Westminster College in 2012. Her poetry and essays appeared in or are forthcoming from: Longridge Review, One Sentence Poems, Pittsburgh Poetry Review and the anthology Voices from the Attic, Vol. XXII, among others. Her poetry collection won first place in its category at both the 2016 and 2017 Sigma Tau Delta International English Conventions. Knickerbocker currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she works at Carnegie Mellon University and writes with the Madwomen in the Attic at Carlow University.

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