THE ARCHIVES: Chapter 257

Our Origins

When Liz approached me
and said she thought
she had contracted
the plague,
I didn’t believe her.
The plague seemed like something
that could happen to anyone
except the people I knew.
Liz’s hand clenched her belly
as if she wished she could
rip out her mistake.
Her usually exuberant manner
was subdued, and she spoke
in a whisper.
“What should I do?
Timothy won’t want a kid.
I never wanted a kid.
My parents don’t want to be
grandparents!”
I tried to imagine the plague
inside Liz
becoming a person.
It is hard to believe
we all came from the plague.

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