Evidently God cares about me
But I’ve never tested the notion
I’m only here
To eat crumbs from under your chair
I won’t land on your hand
Though you hold it out to me
Your head looks like a good place to nest
I watch you
From the black hole in the wall
Where I live
Where only I fit
Supposedly God cares
But I’ve never fallen
Me, Umbrella
A universal darkness lies
In my shadows
I want to protect
Your popcorn from becoming wet popcorn

– N.S. and H.M. at Joe’s Iowa City, June 2015


MFA candidate at the University of New Olreans

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