When to Call the Police

His hand

on you

call the police

his hand
on you

call

the police

his hand
the police

call

phone in your pocket
call

his hand,
you,
the police

you,
a shield

his hand
hammer

his hand
axe

his hand
promise

you
hurt

you
call

the police
his hand
your phone
your pocket

you
call.

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Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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