Declaration of Independence

It is not enough to say
“I am a rock, I am an island.”
I want to go further.

I want protections from
probing questions about
my ex-boyfriends written into

the Constitution. I want
nineteen states to back
an amendment barring

any discussion of the scars

on the insides of my arms.
I want my late-night bar

crawls to be free
from governmental interference.
I want to turn my back on

your white picket fences,
your Starbucks gift cards,
your SUVs.

I am past red state

and blue state divides. I am
further away from you

than ever.

Josette Torres received her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech in 2010. She also holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Purdue University. Her work has appeared in The New Verse News, SLAM: Silhouette Literary and Art Magazine, Eunoia Review, and is forthcoming in Ayris. She is the Writer in Residence at The Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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