shag carpet hiding paranoia ... breathed... dreamed ...just around
the edge of every
She stares at the glass
in her hand...
for atomic particles... swallowing fear
she drinks water.
Dust dancing in sunbeams looks menacing.
Afraid to breathe eat sleep she covers her swollen
belly with sweaty hands.
Judith Trustone is author of The Global Kindness Revolution: How Together We Can Heal Violence, Racism and Meanness, where this poem was originally published. She lives in Swarthmore.