self-portrait in case of disappearance

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and I’ve been turning to poetry more and more as both an outlet for and an interpreter of my emotions recently. This short piece by Safia Elhillo perfectly expresses a lingering fear I’ve been feeling.

self-portrait in case of disappearance
by Safia Elhillo

i am afraid that everyone died & it did not fix
the world      this was meant to be the afterlife
to the burning countries our mothers left behind
girls with fathers gone or gone missing
sistered to dark boys marked to die      & our own
bodies scarved & arranged in rows on prayer mats
we go missing too      & who mourns us   who
falls into the gap we leave in the world
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