We come from a city where being a background actor
means you're a star.
I know, I've got terrible secrets
too. Here's one: one. Here's two: I committed suicide
successfully in 2005.
In jail, they took my shoelaces.
They let me have my shoes, but they took my feet.
I fell for miles.
I fell all the way to Hell. I looked up
and I was home.
Ron Riekki's books include U.P., The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, and upcoming in May 2015, Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press).