Shantih Journal 3.1 - Page 72

in america .chisaraokwu. whenever I hear those star-spangled sirens browbeating my street my head pounds. The doctors tell me it’s high blood pressure. 72 in america, Suzy, Becky & Laura tell me to get over it. “Bad things happen to everyone.” My bruised jaw chews on a bitter dream & spits out blood. in america, my safety plan is folded & pinned to my right bra cup for the medical examiner to find – in case he is persuaded to say “She committed suicide.” I don’t want to die