who came to take them

she lost a year, nobody knows
(including her) where she was/what happened
ami tells me about grandma
after grandma’s mother died
due to an injury sustained from horses
spooked by nazi soldiers
who came to take them
(the horses)

hours later
walking  home from the post office
it hits me in the gut
and i cry down burch street
under yellow leaves
for that blank year
an ebola vaccine is quite achievable
the person on the radio says
but because private sectors
are the ones who develop vaccines
see that there’s not much profit to be made
(most of the people in need of this vaccine
have very little money)
it hasn’t been pursued
jabs and punches and whatnot
shiz says
about her boxing class
while we talk one time zone apart
on her walk home


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