You scan the scar carving through the meat of my thumb where the neighbor dog bit me when I was eight.
“These are the kitchen appliances. I recommend the digital bartender.”
I scan your swimmer’s elbow.
“Remember your target range is eighty to a hundred items—don’t worry about the cost. People want to be generous!”
You set the scanner on my collarbone, above the heart doctors told my parents was too weak to keep me alive. You pull the trigger three times. I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive.
Jasmine Sawers is a Kundiman fellow and graduate of Indiana University’s MFA program whose work appears in such journals as Ploughshares, AAWW’s The Margins, SmokeLong Quarterly, and more. Sawers serves as Associate Fiction Editor for Fairy Tale Review and debuts a flash collection through Rose Metal Press in 2023. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Sawers now lives and pets dogs outside St. Louis. Learn more on jasminesawer@.com and @sawers on Twitter.
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