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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

A reason for everything

by Michelle Hartman

The Doctor speaks into a mic,
body of white male
seventy-two inches long,
one hundred and ninety pounds.
The condition of my skin and overall
body structure are noted. 
Long cuts are made down my front
and I should feel something but,
I’d stopped feeling
long before
I ended up here.

There is no white light.
I’ve tried all the doors.
I am stuck between my last breath
and the one that will not be coming.

I’ve counted the flower arrangements
limousines, and shovels of dirt.
And I sit here keeping
trashy youths from lounging
the school day away
fade into a lovely
worth my while.
 

 

Michelle Hartman’s third book, Lost Journal of My Second Trip to Purgatory, was just released from Old Seventy Creek Press. It is a poetic treatment of child abuse and the effects it has on adult living.  It is the first book of its kind by a recognized publisher and is available on Amazon.

Her other poetry books, Irony and Irreverence and Disenchanted and Disgruntled, from Lamar University Press, are also available on Amazon.

Besides the above publishing credits, she is the editor for the online journal, Red River Review and holds a BS in Political Science-Pre Law and a Certificate in Paralegal studies. 

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018