Waiting until the last light is out.
A quiet rustling from the next room precedes a whimper.
His cries creep into my dreams and draw my head out
eyes wide open and smacking lips.
My hungry boy. My animal baby.
Shawndra Miller is an Indianapolis writer drawn to stories of redemption and renewal. A two-time recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Grant, she has been published in Confrontation Magazine, Arts & Letters, and other journals, as well as the anthology Goddess: When She Rules, from Golden Dragonfly Press. Her essay “Bleeding the Butterfly” received the 2017 Unclassifiable award from Arts & Letters. She blogs about personal and community resilience at shawndramiller.com.