Her stomach hangs in two deflated flabby folds;
a crepe paper rose crumpled
by the knowledge of its imitation.
Her child thriving despite the absence
of the Slovakian Y chromosome donor
living in Sydney, busy discarding his Eastern
European skin after screaming fuck you
(not anymore) on Facebook.
Twenty-one years old. Nonplussed thoughts
glide like silverfish—Celexa, Paxil, Prozac,
Zoloft. Which one will teach her she’s alive
because she’s living.
Her child’s eyes; long-lashed,
lit with mischief. Relatives proclaim,
exactly like his mother’s
when she was young.
Causes Jules Jacob Supports
CASA of Southwest Missouri, Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, University of Missouri Master Gardeners, Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates Association...