Shush #3

Sarah Edwards

I was 6 years old
when I was first told my chest was a blackboard,
eating chalk dust, it made love to my scalp.

only after 5 more years I was at school
I walked into a door,
my right boob was electrocuted,

a thin metal thread caught fire, stinging
but I muffled a watery scream
as I wanted to be in with the dusty kids,
sucking on the chalk with crooked jaws.