Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal


Sandy Benitez

my demeanor is a magnolia
quietly surrendering
its sweet scent to the putrid odor
of a world in decay.

Trapped in a grey room,
I'm the white fading on the walls—
a crystal vase sparkling
when the lights are turned off,
dropping hints within specks of dust.

I'm a fire in the nude—
an orange aster burning the marrow
in my bones, thriving on
smoky fumes and dead narratives.


Sandy Benitez has published her poetry in numerous journals such as Scorched Earth, Ken*Again, Defenestration, Zygote in my Coffee, Words-Myth, Falling Star, Chantarelle's Notebook, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Orange Room Review, Unfettered Verse, La Fenetre, KillPoet, Mastodon Dentist, Loch Raven Review, and Lily. Her first book of poetry, Ever Violet, by D-N Publishing is available for purchase by contacting Sandy at

© Sandy Benitez

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