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Friday, June 05, 2020


by Gina A. Turner

I say to my husband, “Sure, I’ll
walk the dog,” although I’m tired. I have
trouble sleeping because I worry that I’m no
good shield, should a pickup truck
drive by, and seeing me, choose to flex with
a gun to show me who’s really the boss, the
bullet hitting the dog, not me, because devils
know that emotional pain is the worst pain, and creations
of pain make some folks feel good, now.

Gina A. Turner is a professor of psychology at a community college in Pennsylvania, and lives in New Jersey.