Scary Ideas # 30

A sleepless night next to a child with a 102 fever

The fever not breaking

The child mumbling delirious in her sleep

Waking up like nothing has happened

as the east coast wakes up to a 

day after where climate change sits heavy on some lips

and some try not to see the water still rising and the 

wind still raging and the chaos still coming

and someone wants to do a way with FEMA

and their voters don’t realize what they mean

I refuse to think Republicans would vote to hurt people

I’m hoping they just don’t know like in 

forgive me father they know not what they do

but can we forgive when it puts our lives at stake?

and in the Sierras, the cops must have a grant

to rip plants out the ground

but they turn a blind eye to women

ripped away from children

What am i scared about today? 

Not the way they follow our cars

Not the way that winter is coming on

Not the way that I haven’t seen you alone in weeks

But the uncertainty

the uncertainty.

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About margaretelysiagarcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia primarily writes fiction, essays and poetry from a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada. She's currently working on a non-fiction book about plus-sized modeling. She's also searching for a publisher for her new collection of stories? Mary of the Chance Encounters. Her short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories out now on Solstice Literary Press. She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas and Girl Body Pride. Is a contributor to Hip Mama Magazine. She writes the zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her daughter, Paloma. She’s a three-time director of the national Listen to Your Mother Show in Plumas County (www.listentoyourmothershow.com). She has an alternative women’s music show Milkshake & Honey on Plumas Community Radio (www.kqny919.org).
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