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Life's Afternoon

Life's Afternoon

She was crazy once herself,
didn't know who
or what she wanted to be.
Every couple of days
she would suffer from
a nauseous heartbeat
and deep-breathing confusion,
wanting someone to be there,
even a friend--
but no one knew her secret.
Running her tongue
over broken lips
she would stare from the window
and hear her name
on the novelas,
wondering if
she would ever mean something to
somebody,
even herself. Then one day
she decided she just might do that
and has not been heard from since,
only listened to.

© Amina Muñoz Ali. Published by permission in Centro Voices on 10 April 2015.