The In Between

By: Alexis McGuinness

The in between places are where I’m least and most comfortable. I’d rather not determine anything, but I want to control the outcomes. Put me in the middle of two bodies, walking side-by-side. Let me feel the warmth pass through layers of clothing and skin and marrow. Then I need out, to think my thoughts without pressure in my ears.

For the spelling bee, I’m learning how to name each letter in the right order: L I M I N A L and P U R G A T O R Y. There’s room enough for me between the letters, to lie down and rest. To lean against the curvy O or rigid A. When I wake, I hope I remember what comes next.

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