E Q U A L

The Fourth Hidden Prayer My grandmother called them cats Kept BB guns on standby To shoot them My uncle called them children Kept sharp words on standby To belittle them Trespasses are a funny thing. My aunt called them neighbors Kept food on standby To keep her enemies closer My cousin called them classmates Kept…

N E C T A R

He ran into the science lab grabbing every beaker in the supply room before running to the fridge and grabbing all diseased Petri dishes.

A X I S

My hope was that he not play any sound to suggest I’d been a cruel and heartless warden which might ring true to anyone placed in dark solitary confinement over a long period of time.