local_library People are not supposed to

by Laura Schaeffer

Published in Issue No. 287 ~ April, 2021

People are not supposed to give up hope

but what can we do?

There have been too many hospitals.

My children were all born there.

As if a hospital could be beautiful

you stayed on for eight days.

Beautiful silver wire

beautiful sterile dome

beautiful oxygen

beautiful morphine.

The time had nearly passed—

beautiful mother’s milk.

I will always protect you.

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Laura Schaeffer is a 2016 graduate of Goddard College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and received her undergraduate degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her poetry has been published in The Pitkin Review, Ars Poetica, Currents, Poetry Corners, and The Far Field. She is particularly interested in creative collaborations, writing as resiliency, and poets who have endured displacement and alienation due to war and social oppression. She is currently working on a collection of poems addressing the heroin epidemic.