What can YOU say in six sentences?
Her lumpy bed hurt her skin.
She told them I feel something,
they sighed, Geez, you’re such a princess,
get over it. Still, something
made deep bruises,
kept her wakeful,
left blue half-moons under her eyes.
One day, making her bed, she found,
not peas beneath the mattress, but
cracker crumbs tacks her sister’s jacks,
scattered in the sheets, on her pillow.
What is that in your bed? they said,
how do you suppose it got in there?
When I move out, she thought, maybe next week,
maybe tonight when they’ve fallen asleep,
I’m buying new sheets.