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.

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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