Photography © Lauren Shear
After turning the grand age of seventy,
I was just an infant on earth,
yet found out that some in this world
were not so fond of life
so I ask a favor of you, abort me.
I, like you, no longer caring about life.
Yes, abort me from this planet,
one, still living in earth’s womb.
If a woman should have this right,
then please, start with me.
Duane Anderson currently lives in La Vista, NE. He has had poems published in Fine Lines, Cholla Needles, Tipton Poetry Journal, and several other publications. He is the author of On the Corner of Walk and Don’t Walk, and The Blood Drives: One Pint Down and Conquer the Mountains.
Lauren Shear is a museum professional, public historian, and lifelong resident of Massachusetts. She has been working with activist groups since college and has been seeking ways to support communities under attack ever since.