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The Little Brick Building

by Julia LaFond

 

CW: eugenics (including anti-vax)


Your prescription is ready for pickup./
You drive downtown, past the little brick building/
Where they train the existence out of people like you./
You glance at the passenger seat, empty of the library books you meant to return./
You don’t turn around for them./

At the pharmacy, they’re advertising flu shots./
A woman clutching a bag of Epsom salts sneers at the sign./
Her kid is licking away his own snot, and suddenly you know/
She’d rather he die than be like you./
You inspect a packet of cough drops so they don’t catch you staring./

Just when you think you’ve finished checking out,/
The smiling cashier asks if you want to round up your total for charity:/
An organization dedicated to keeping people like you from being born./
You reply, “Not today, thank you.”/
When you get back to your car, you take a deep breath/

And you drive past the little brick building/
Where they train the existence out of people like you./
It lingers in your side-view mirror, so you grip the wheel tighter,/
And tell yourself that one day – not you, not today, but someone, someday –/
Will tear it down brick by brick.
 

Julia LaFond got her master’s in geoscience from Penn State University. Her poetry has been featured by Eleventh Transmission and IHRAF Publishes. In her spare time, Julia enjoys reading and gaming. Website: https://jklafondwriter.wordpress.com/


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