Her Name Will Be Remembered
Blood, streaming and shimmering, ran deeply red into the gutter of the dead end. Her heart had been severed. Before that serrated second, still invariably virtuous, she had been silently stalked by an equally elegant, elongated shadow—or, so we were to think. The oozing remnant of her life reflected the corrupted corridor of her death. But this is way too graphic . . . Actually, she was bludgeoned into an unconscious state. When she awoke, her body had been compromised. And when she cried for help, everyone tried to be of assistance. However, there was never a distinction between those who cared for her and the assassins sent in to kill her. Oh, much too dramatic . . . Really, what happened was that she was kidnapped, silenced, and transferred to a waiting hijacked plane. But nobody could be convinced that she was gone. I know, unbelievably boring . . . So here it is, the simple truth about her fate. We gave her away. Her name was Democracy.
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb’s work has appeared in About Place Journal, Earth’ Daughters, Watershed Review, AJN: The American Journal of Nursing, the anthology Talking Back and Looking Forward: An Educational Revolution in Poetry and Prose, and elsewhere. Her work received Honorable Mentions in 2016 from both Port Yonder Press and Erbacce Press. She has been an educator, a researcher, and an editor, and is co-founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit natural history press.