Poetry Self-Harm

I AM HERE by Anastasia DiFonzo

Because I didn’t die.

        Because one month ago,

I stood at the edge of a bridge

        and didn’t jump.

Because I continue.

        Stay is a verb, like the tumble

of leaves to the bottom

         of the canyon into which

I didn’t fall. Once,

        at a job interview, I was asked

what kind of tree I would be.

       Eucalyptus was my answer,

because it’s my favorite.

       Imagine now thinking

I am what I love.

       I am almost there.

Anastasia DiFonzo (she/her) is a San Diego based poet with two cats, Klaus and Lucy. Her work can be found in Anti-Heroin Chic and Gnashing Teeth Publishing, and forthcoming in Sledgehammer Lit. She is on Instagram at @anastasia.difonzo.