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Elizabeth Short Visits the Black Lodge
Sarah Nichols


I was told it was a
waiting room.

The white or the
black, time would


A woman sat next to me.

Blonde and dead, wearing
a dress she’d

borrowed from me. Black
velvet; my sister.

She tells me she’s
filled with secrets.

I understand. I
tell her that

sometimes, my
arms bend back.

We nod. We
both know how

we got here. 

We wait our


Sources: Ellroy, James. The Black Dahlia. New York: Mysterious Press, 1987. Print; Mark Frost and David Lynch, “Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer,” Twin Peaks, Season One, Episode Three, 1990.

Sarah Nichols lives and writes in Connecticut. She is the author of seven chapbooks, including How Darkness Enters a Body (Porkbelly Press, 2018) and Dreamland for Keeps (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming, 2018.) Her work has appeared in Five 2 One's The Sideshow, Memoir Mixtapes, Calamus, and the RS 500.