Stacie McCall Whitaker - Stone Coast, Maine

Day 532

Written By: Hillary Kobernick

The striking General Motors worker
who has been sleeping in a tent for 532 days

in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá
does not cry until he confesses

his daughter is anorexic.
Add it to the list

of injuries America exported.
He would camp for the rest of his life

pleading at the heel of the auto bailout
for job training and back pay

he would backbend over the assembly line
again, if his body would only let him

he would go back to the backhand slap
of the GM wallets if only they could heal

his daughter. I bite the stomach lining
I once trimmed away, the girl’s stomach

eating my own, I whisper: tiene razón.
She is right. I once saw my father hurt

my own skin helpless and shrinkable
knew the only thing I could do

in the adipose
of his grief

was starve.

About the Author

Hillary Kobernick - Poetry - Rhesus Monkeys Don't Actually Love Reese's & Day 532

Hillary Kobernick writes poems for both performance and page. She has competed at the National Poetry Slam six times, representing Atlanta and Chicago. She holds a master’s of divinity and currently pastors outside of Chicago. Her poems have appeared on Button Poetry and in literary magazines in the U.S. and Canada including DecomP, Bellevue Literary Review, Barely South, and FreezeRay.