Between the Shooters & Us
We see barefoot girls hide in almond trees in the yard & ready or not San Bernardino’s breaking news: TV, mute: here is Fatima, acres of tract homes between the bullets: here’s the kettle— whistling orange groves down the block, as kids, our neighbor jumping rope beside a yucca palm: whose idea tied her up as she bawled who said stop? who wouldn’t? no more one-two -buckle-my-shoe: Fatima, do you know my middle name or just the evening news? Mute. “Don’t burn yourself” she says: three, four:
S.M. Ellis holds an MFA from New York University. Previous work has appeared in Paper Nautilus, Straylight Literary Review, Illuminations, Salamander, Columbia Journal, Iowa Review, and others.