Poetry Self-Harm

Lists by Ra

Some days I think about dying
like some people think about their grocery list.
What should we pick up?
Eggs, bread, a pill bottle, this knife?
What are we out of?
Cheese, butter, apples, numbness.
Who knew you had to refill the empty
inside you because feeling Something
takes up more space –
enough to tear the seams
right out of your skin.

Make a list of what’s missing.
It will be on the fridge come morning.

Ra is a writer currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In college she studied American Sign Language and creative writing at North Central University. She now hosts the podcast Choice Words with another poet, Gracy Boes, where they are able to discuss literature, do book reviews, and talk about various elements of writing.