She seeks to control her population.
“It’s a simple procedure these days. It’s on an out patient basis. Medicare and Medicaid cover it.”
A prescription, a piece of advice.
A compound noun like tube tying. A complex word like hysterectomy.
The learned doctor.
She does not know me. She does not know the mamacita in me.
She does not know my words.
I, also, know terminating words like eugenics and letters of complaint.
Veronica Haunani Fitzhugh is an author, activist and good friend keeping busy saving the world and sipping sweet tea on her front porch in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds a BA in English from the University of Virginia. There, she won a Jefferson Cup for her story telling. She is a certified storyteller for nami’s In Our Own Voices project. She founded Peer Review, a literary and art magazine for the Charlottesville recovery community. Her work has appeared in 3.7, Piker Press Magazine, Gadfly, Best New Poems, Blognostics, and the women’s initiative’s Challenge into Change 2013 anthology. She blogs regularly at cvillewinter.wordpress.com, a page featured in wordpress’ freshly pressed, and also guest blogs at other sites.