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Supplication by Monica Prince

Supplication Hoods up, heads down, knees bent, hands to ground. This is how I pray now. Tonight, I’m climbing to the highest point in the city. I want to be as close as possible to God tonight, want to see His face while I scream. Hood up, head down, knees bent, hands to ground. I can’t be alone tonight, but I can’t go to the streets. It’s not safe out there, you see, because tonight a Black body’s killer walked home free, was released as not guilty. Cop or civilian, KKK or terrorist. Baltimore, Ferguson, Charleston, Savannah. I don’t know who to call, which Heaven to scream at, which courthouse to burn down: hood up, head down, knees bent, hands to ground. I’ve never been afraid of heights but the twitch of fingers near utility belts makes my body convulse. Someone told me there are more of us in prison than in college—but really, there are more us in coffins than in classrooms. I’m an anomaly, having survived ages thirteen, seventeen, twenty-one. Not dressed in …