halfway

i want
to reply
about it all
when
you message me
at 3am
about
the grasshopper
on
your
toothbrush
our pacific
lake at
night
your father’s
smug
face in the water
some guilt
that year
in rosh
hashanah
you brought
home
the 200 lb
burger boy
and i peed
on
the living
room floor
i was
thinking
of you
on the bus
ride
(first
days
of school)
i didn’t
know
if
i’d make
it home
i didn’t
know
i would
make
it home
i ran
to the bathroom
the one
with the stained
glass
windows
where
i got
my period
for the first
time
i have
tried to be
honest
just not
confessional
i guess
it’s time
i try

photocredit: Sharp Photography via Wikipedia Commons

About the author

Ivanna Baranova is a Slavic-Latina writer and photographer based in Brooklyn. She is the author of confirmation bias, forthcoming from Metatron Press in 2019. Her work has appeared for ÄLPHÄ, glitterMOB, Montreal Review of Books, Peach Mag, Poetry Is Dead, Prism international, Sub Pop Records, VICE, and elsewhere.

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