CALIFORNIA I thought I’d be a different person by now on the treadmill watching the Kardashians eat cotton candy this is my place in history call me California this is my wound and my weather blistering salt poison lettuce bad tim- ing
PLANET EARTH don’t call me into my least favorite room to watch the hyena take down the antelope on planet earth don’t turn the channel and say we expected beauty to win this is our collective inaction made visible with shades
drawn with ankles touching this is the shape our hope left behind
Heather Sweeney is the author of two chapbooks, Just Let Me Have This (Selcouth Station Press) and Same Bitch, Different Era: The Real Housewives Poems (above/ground press). She lives in San Diego where she teaches writing.