Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Free Dead


dead people are free.

living in fear is a crime

like being buried alive in a public space–

the air diminishes and the breath quickens

and darkness closes in.

but the new victims don’t have the same

liberties as those with closed cases

because they wake up to see

that their worst fear

is intangible–but still they have to face it

and they are alive to live it daily

and not free

like the dead.

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