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title. home hole

date. 2011

city. berekely, ca

size. 10in x 8 in

Architecture of a Staircase

Aster(ix) Journal, November, 2019

The Other Side

Published in Oh Comely, Issue 49, June 2019

November 10th, 2016

Appears in The Rattling Wall and Pen Center USA anthology, Only Light Can Do That

I spend two hours on the phone with a Medi-Cal machine recording. It asks me, Are you still there? Are you still there? Are you still there? I don’t know what to say.

 

The Medi-Cal machine thinks the Spanish in the background is my response. She keeps repeating, I did not get that. I did not get that. 

Me neither, I want to say. In 68 days she’ll be programmed to automatically call I.C.E.

 

Your vote is your voice. Speak up and vote in the next election, the Medi-Cal message murmurs. Why does it feel like she’s taunting me?

 

Finally, a woman picks up the line. She asks me how my day is going. I say the world is ending.

She is silent. In an attempt at apology I add, We have a steep hill to climb. Pause. Amen, she says.

 

At the doctor’s office a woman clutches her small son to her chest and sings to him, I love my niño, I love my niño. He squeals and shouts, Otro mas! Otros mas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

title. home hole

date. 2011

city. berekely, ca

size. 10in x 8 in

 

 

 

 

 

title. home hole

date. 2011

city. berekely, ca

size. 10in x 8in