Western Medicine

I played hard to get. Said I was strong and independent. I didn’t need anyone like you to live my life. You went for the second try. Only to be denied again. The third time around, you caught me when I was vulnerable. Emotions all over the map.…

They Got U.S. Watching Shadows

Doctors makin’ millions off prescription addictions1, But we got young black weed dealers up in the prisons2. Wall Street fatcats bankrupt our citizens And we’re all trippin about welfare pittances? Again and again with that classic misdirection: “No! Don’t look up towards the true source of oppression!” Perhaps…

The Veggie Queen

MORE than candy, ice cream, chocolate cake or cherry pie, the food I desired most as a child was broccoli. At night when my brother and I would sit cross-legged on the brown carpet in front of the T.V., I imagined the cheeseburger on the crunchy plastic wrapper…

The Freedonian Way

To the editor of the heralded Appalachian publication, that you should find the telling of my plight compelling enough to share with your loyal followers dispersed among the outer colonies, so that they may find themselves aware of the true, harrowing nature of Freedonia, a dismal and deluded…

A Series of Entries

by Jacqueline 22 May 2017 Did that actually just happen? Did that happen in my head or in front of my eyes? My poli professor BEGS his students to participate in his awful class. The turnout today was the lowest it had ever been. He attributed it to…

FUCK the wIndow sCrEen

We drove an hour To see you through a window I always used to see you on face time And a screen in a phone seems more captive But our bodies in person separated by windows Was by far my least favorite view. Did you tell them you…