POETRY February 5, 2021

Mom, when I called

the police
          for your ever
-black eye, I did so
          knowing at least
40% of cops
          have made crime scenes
and cover-ups
          of the bodies
that share their beds.
          That’s like asking
the fire department
          to save your home
when three out of five
          hoses spray water &
the others punish flames
          with gasoline.
          are you still burning?

Taylor Kirby is a writer from Denver, Colorado currently living in Austin, Texas. She is the managing editor at Porter House Review, and her writing has appeared in Cream City Review, Hobart, Longleaf Review, and elsewhere.