i The neighbor’s son was well known for backing his car without using rear view He touched my underwear I let it slip I a minor between shame and fear in hindsight objects in the mirror appear closer than they are
ii The best therapy is to drink eight glasses of water every twenty-four hours my mother opened the tap over my voice. The glass of water drank my words & I learnt to drown without ever being in water
iii He’d press me to stay for five more minutes He’d bait me with two turns at Speed Racer I’d lie I had probability homework pending What died of me one evening, stayed afloat as a statistic
iv so I ran. I ran. From/To/Towards/Despite/With/Like a conundrum of conjunctions, my silence: a practiced stage direction
v I drank a glass of water. Mother came back to me like the dead skin falling off my fingers. A student of Home Science she had a solution for every stain. If it didn’t breakdown she’d say Wear a jacket on top, nobody should ever find out
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