by A.I. Ramos
ROUTINE IS GOOD
cling to routine because it’s safe for the child inside
that was always yelled at for not folding towels in the designated position
dishes left in sink
vodka or wine stench crawling the walls and screeches
but this routine isn’t good
it isn’t safe
not safe at all
so the child makes a new one where cleaning,
scrubbing the shower the sink the toilet the walls
will rid the stench and unpredictability.
maybe safe can come back now once everything is in order
Andrea Lacey She/Her A.I. Ramos is an inter sectional feminist, environmentalist, and proud latinx. She holds a BA from Cal State University Northridge in Creative Writing and Literature and is currently pursuing an MA from Eastern New Mexico University online in English. She released her first poetry collection, Gritty, in 2019.