I Should Be The Daughter of Adam and Barbara Maitland

by Abigail Parlier

Artwork by Jordan Eggleston

I am nauseous and I am tired
and I am literally incapable
of scraping these thoughts and
these seed-like words
off the walls of my insides
as if it were Halloween.
I am not Halloween.
And these things I’m
trying to get rid of
are at the same time
keeping me warm,
because what else would
be there to hold me down
if my head were not
so heavy?
You’d think by now
things might’ve changed,
but October 31st still comes
once a year, and a horror
film still rages inside my head.

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