bed by Bára Hladíková




the only way I'll get out of bed today is if I clad myself in pink, pretend the sky is blue sometimes I have to remember that waiting for the bus in the rain with a fused spine and a cane is a cosmic experience people see a young woman so arthritic it makes them think of their own death maybe it should It's no coincidence the number for access to government resources is called a sin number I need the meds in the bottle for the arthritis so I can open the bottle to get the meds for the arthritis Doc told me I was sad I said I'm alive as I burn my palm over candles because it is a pain I am in charge of

 

Bára Hladíková is a writer and artist based in Tiohtiá:ke, Montréal. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Royal Rose, Seafoam Mag, Charcuterie, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Theta Wave and her book Behind the Curtain was recently published by Publication Studio. She tweets  @baroslavka

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