freeze frame

in that moment
a single tear escaped my eye
and i wanted to apologize
for making him make me die
as i stared
down the short barrel made of steel
and my breath locked
and i flicked my gaze
to the hammer that he cocked
and my voice trembled
as i begged him
calm down
because when we sat together
i refused to remove my gown
my skin was off limits
my lips were my own
and i counted the steps needed
to dash to the phone
but he lowered the gun
spat in my face and turned to leave
and i wondered
if i told
who would believe

Sumayyah Talibah lives in Michigan with her husband, kids, cats, and piles of books. She makes jewelry and sips tea in between reading and reviewing anything with words. sumayyahsaidso.com

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