Jennifer Patino

It came around again —
like a birthday,
but no one gives presents
for simply surviving

Blow on the scars!
Put them out!

The smell of sulfur
is synonymous
with suffering

It’s not just aging
for some of us,
it’s a progression —

A new day
for the disease
to have a chance
to devour.

Jennifer Patino is an Ojibwe poet living in Las Vegas with her artist husband. She tweets poetry and microfiction stories from @thoughtthistles.