when they call us dead before we die
but our hearts are still beating
where do we go if not the grave / in minds
underground. foundation.
we build upon
something becoming nothing
someone becoming never
so it seems to be the case / they make
when they call us dead while we have breath / beckoning from coffins
they talked themselves into this demise with us.

still, we call them monsters like they deserve a way out of the ground they try to put us in. we give them titles they should not own digging our graves as surely…

Karen Leonard

Athlete. Artist. Writer. she/her.

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