Chloe N. Clark: December 2017 Poet of the Month
Questions for Those Who Aren’t Sure Where to Begin
Do you tell them your name? Just your name? Or a funny story about how it’s always mispronounced, misspelled? Or about the nicknames you’ve held throughout your life? Your name is letters, is a word, should it be something else? How much of you is your name?
Do you make a joke after they tell you to take a deep breath in? Let it out. And again. And again.
How many of their yes/no questions do you answer yes? Remember not to lie, not to hedge, because this will matter later.
Do you tell it like a story? Or are you going to Dragnet it? Oh, wait, this reference becomes out of date. Do yours?
Is it just the facts?
What are “just the facts”?
Here, they are taking your pulse. They are counting the beats. Do you count with them?
When they say open up? Do you?
Or, wait, you’re just supposed to say “ah.”
Does it feel strange when they say you’re fine/ they can’t see anything wrong. Do you go quiet? Again?
Chloe N. Clark's work appears in Booth, Glass, Hobart, Uncanny, and more. Her chapbook The Science of Unvanishing Objects is forthcoming in 2018. Follow her @PintsNCupcakes.