Two Micros by Ashlee Haze

the origin of a monster

the little boy who breaks the toy he is told he cannot have
or punches the little girl that beats him in a race
grows up to be the man who stabs a woman who refuses his advances he is the “nice kid” you laughingly told your friends
just wouldn’t take no for an answer


for the white man who touched my hair in a backwoods north carolina cracker barrel

tell the truth
if we were not here in this public place
what else would you have touched without asking?

Cafe Du Monde

“I see our undoing in that slow motion moment.”

Tread Lightly

“One minute my girl is curled against me... The next she is crouched forward, finger pressed to the page.”