Emily as She Draws Pictures of Ohio by Darren Demaree

I could see in her eyes,
while her pencil
attempted to drill through

her pad, that Ohio
was a monster again,
that when Ohio decided

women that owned
their own bodies
could be deemed murderers

for refusing to be annexed
by Ohio, that Emily
was done with the shapes

of her home, was done
thinking about the land-
scape as part

of this terrible narrative.
Ohio pulled on a knife
on Emily.

All she’s done since
is draw pictures of Ohio
holding that knife.

I can almost smell
the breath of Ohio
in these pictures.

Ohio is full of shit.
Ohio is white
& crueler than I thought.

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