Protect Yourself at All Times
by Michelle Brooks

  1. I didn’t change the locks
  2. and the video camera records
  3. without tape. If there was a fire,
  4. I wouldn’t know what to save.
  5. I took the batteries out of the smoke
  6. detector. The sounds on the street
  7. have ceased to mean anything other
  8. than that I am alive enough to know
  9. danger, headed toward me like
  10. overnight guests that have let me
  11. know they are on their way.
Packingtown Review – Vol.11, Spring 2019

Michelle Brooks has published a collection of poetry, Make Yourself Small (Backwaters Press), and a novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy (Storylandia Press).

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