Letitia Trent's work has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, The Black Warrior Review, Fence, Folio, The Journal, Mipoesias, Ootoliths, Blazevox, and many others. Her chapbooks are Splice (Blue Hour Press) and The Medical Diaries (Scantily Clad Press). Her first full-length poetry collection, "One Perfect Bird", is available from Sundress Publications. She was the 2010 winner of the Alumni Flash Writing Award from the Ohio State University's the Journal and has been awarded fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and the MacDowell Colony.
They are Coming For You, Barbara
As a child, I wasn't frightened. They came slowly, stumbling, soft-brained, flesh bloating purple away, but nothing more.
The movie dead move at a crawl, and so the victims have to stand still or fall into their outstretched arms.
It once was funny, the woman limping in her Sunday pumps as they lumbered slow behind her. But now
I understand. Multiply them. No matter how slowly,
they are coming. She cannot help but grow tired, all that running across frame after frame
of deserted meadow, streets of quiet cars, trash cans strewn, through the empty diner, past piled mashed potatoes and lukewarm coffee.
She decides to hide until it is over. When their fists break the windows, she takes the attic trapdoor. She hides
among the children's pictures and piled newspapers. The dust blanket stirs and reassembles around her. Listen—
the screen door rips from the tin frame, they scramble down the narrow farmhouse hallways. She concentrates
on the particles jumping, their rise and fall with the rhythm of some essential pounding.