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Arvilla Fee teaches English Composition for Clark State College and is the poetry editor for the San Antonio Review. She has published poetry, photography, and short stories in numerous presses, and her poetry book, The Human Side, is available on Amazon. For Arvilla, writing produces the greatest joy when it connects us to each other.


Trigger Warning

We creep along the walls
camouflaged faces—
painted to chameleon
our surroundings;
perhaps our bright smiles
will be among thousands;
no one will see the darkness
hidden behind our eyes.
It’s easy enough to deflect
How are you
when two words cover
an entire battleground;
I’m fine.
And so our secrets remain
tucked behind the bulwarks
where the only true enemy
holds hostage our minds.

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