sorry i can’t come to the phone right now,
my body is 1000 hedgehogs in a trenchcoat
& loud noises make them nervous.
& soft noises make them nervous.
i pay my carcass rent with stillness.
even the life rafts make thunder of
my limbs. the critters know this.
they keep score when my muscles can’t.
baby, i’ll have to call you back.
Kora Schultz (they/them) is a queer Wisconsin-based poet, writing student, and assistant editor with Juke Joint Magazine. By day, they work with folks experiencing homelessness. Their work has appeared in various literary magazines, poetry journals, and on their partner’s fridge. You can find them on Instagram and Twitter at @oatmilkmom.