“November, 1993” by Jenn Powers

a row of blue lockers, hatred typewritten
on strips of paper, soft
edges
from breath, salt. traces
of pencil shavings, crushed
chalk, mop water, dirty
trays of hot lunch,
grinding teeth.
sophomore year, strangers
floating down roads—hallways—
snowflakes circling midnight
headlights—hide
behind the curtain. they mock
no one believes
local tragedies. can’t
stop shaking
for a permanent
snow day

Jenn Powers is a writer and photographer from New England. She is currently writing a CNF memoir and her most recent work is published or forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jabberwock Review, The Pinch, Gulf Stream Lit Mag, and Raven Chronicles, among others. Please visit www.jennpowers.com.

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