“Fighting Shadows” © Edward Michael Supranowicz

 

procedural

put this body in the car and make it drive to dan’s.
slow at the reds, run the yellows
put this body in his arms and make it learn to dance.
feet nimble, shoulders back
do what you must to look alive.

you’re still breathing and upright.
so how can you be suffering?
you’re still driving and dancing.
so how can you be dead?

repeat after me:
stand up,
walk out,
play pretend.

Meg McCarney is a third-year student studying Creative Writing with a specialization in Poetry at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Previously, my work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Commonthought Literary Magazine, and the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle.

Edward Michael Supranowicz has had artwork and poems published in the US and other countries. Both sides of his family worked in the coalmines and steel mills of Appalachia.