by Chris Faunce
You were a perfect mistake, a joy to this world despite being despised for your criminal arrival— sentenced to death and ripped from a future that would’ve been good despite being inconvenient. You would’ve lived a common life— facing all the troubles you feared and growing up and growing old— but you would’ve arrived on the other side a stronger martyr from the hurt you endured, thankful for the pain because the scars told the tale of a time you survived.
Chris Faunce studied Civil Engineering at Drexel University. He won the Creative Writing Contest for Poetry at Drexel in 2019. He is from Pennsylvania.