Isabella Marie Garcia

Isabella Marie Garcia recites her poem at “Poetic Palate” at Margulies Collection (Photo © Maria Victoria Biancardi)

Lilith’s Universe
By Isabella Marie Garcia

the fallen bride of creation
abandoning her destiny for ruins
ruined from belonging to the heavens
ruined from belonging to the earth

the mangled, dirt infested cloths of her gowns
lace’s white comfort, now hidden by grime
cotton and linen that are soft between one’s fingers, but are now the crackled remains of what was once perfect
gowns hung in exposure of her sins

the sin of failing to conform to the standards of the perfect woman

but what if lilith was not meant for the heavens or earth?
what if her destiny was not to be perfect?
what if her destiny was to show us the failure of expectations?

expecting a woman to be perfect with only the rib of her fabricated husband to guide her

heternormativity without a question
without her choice

bones crack
they are weak and fragile and disintegrate
they are not perfect,
and neither are we

i imagine lilith’s children as the fallen angels of expectations
seeking to find a home other than earth that will
adopt them in as they are
mangled and battered but worthy of love
we are her children demons deserving of love


Isabella Marie Garcia is currently an undergraduate honors student double majoring in English and Women’s and Gender Studies, with a minor in French Language and Culture. She is heavily interested in work that challenges gender ideals, female sexuality, and brings taboo subjects up to the surface. Though she’s not quite sure where she intends to be career-wise, she hopes that her work, whether it be through the written, visual, or spoken word, can help challenge even just one individual to see how important intersectionality is within our world and one’s own local community. Her writing blog can be found at

This poem was debuted at the FIU Honors College‘s “Poetry Art Community” at Margulies Collection on 6 April, 2018.

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