Emily Uduwana

The vet hands me a form
on animal behavior.
I check yes
for aggressive,
even though I don’t think
that she is.

If someone cut away
at a piece of my body,
I would scream and bare teeth

Even now,
I snap at the hands of my lovers
as they draw too near
to my ears.

My father brought me
to a doctor–
metal tools, splitting eardrums–

If my mother filled out forms,
she would call me aggressive



Emily Uduwana is a poet and short fiction author with recent publications in Stonecoast Review, Rogue Agent Journal, and perhappened mag. For more information about her work, visit her website at www.emilyuduwana.weebly.com or find her on Twitter at @em_udu.