by Jack Hodil

Which is worse,
the girl who
cries after the abortion
or the girl who
does not?

They will both be eaten
by the same god, after all,
despite how well they may
walk through their respective mazes.

Sometimes the shortest of distances
can be the most overwhelming,
with bodies that have grown too full
to be carried any further.

These are the things that only
happen when nothing else can.
Like a stabbing,
you won’t feel it until
they have already taken it out.