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Hey there little chestnut

with your knit hat

woodsmoke in your hair

phlegmy laugh

fast pulse


Barreling along and alone

brave, awake

your sister once said:

If I were a robber, I’d rob you first.

but you don’t care


Sometimes you cry so hard

that you plug up all the works

and then afterwards you sleep so well


Sometimes you run so scared

that your heart pumps to bursting


Sometimes you jump straight into the fire

and you sizzle & pop

steam rising

heart radiating

good enough to gobble up in one gulp

throat singing

About the Author

Sarah Arantza Amador is a graduate of the Creative Writing BA program at UC Santa Cruz and is a former Ph.D. Candidate in Spanish and Latin American Literatures at NYU. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her dog Roscoe. She’s most recently had words published in Vending Machine Press, The Airgonaut, and Word Riot. She tweets @ArantzaSarah.