Anya Mayer and Amy Souza

Anya Mayer
Response

You’re tough // You can handle it
By Amy Souza
Inspiration piece

Blackberry brambles
are impossible to kill
But the fruit they bear
hangs tender on the vine

You’re tough someone
told me the other day
You always get back up
I don’t want to get back up I said

But they couldn’t hear me scream
When the dog was dying
she tried to hide
behind my nightstand

I shouted no and pulled her out
Does it matter that I held her for
hours before finally calling the vet?
She’d grown quiet in her old age

I hadn’t heard her voice in so long
I would have taken all her pain

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