It walks behind me in the park and proceeds
to walk slowly to get a good look It
&watches I turn around and
Itlooksaway I begin to walk as
quickly as I can gaining some speed but
Itfindsme I stop Itstops I walk slowly again
Itwalksslowlybehindmeagain Finally I
turn around to say: HELLO but
Itpretends I'm inconsequential that I am
being paranoid It was just minding its own
business all along
Why am I bothering It?
Itlooks up at the sun feeling absolved
Ityawns It's bored of me already
Therese Estacion, "The ABG (Able-Bodied Gaze)" from Phantompains. © 2021 by Therese Estacion. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Source: Phantompains (Book*hug Press, 2021)