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This is the piece I have been working on for the past few weeks:

Old KC Road
by SallyAnn Gray

black, moonless night
familiar stretch of country mile
alone
or so I thought

the whispered warning a promise
my name on the wind
I turned to see what wasn’t there
just my breath, puffed in the chill

my eyes back on the road
wide, open
catching sight
right
as she made impact

invisible hand flipped a coin
deciding who would survive
a mother & her baby, still nestled in her hide?
or me, fresh acne and driver’s license?

as she rolled off the hood
time & my life restarted

welcomed by the ditch
a dark, shallow grave
pain & horror—two screams into the void
until sirens joined our chorus
a white knight or a bastard?

surrounded by nameless neighbors
my sobs soak a strangers shoulder
the solution was clear:
permanent relief served by a bullet

the only future was mine

life & death & life & death

the shot still echoing
and I’m pierced by his question:
“Do you want to keep the meat?”

there’s nothing worth saving here
let the scavengers take my kill
and the ghosts of Old KC Road