Anastasia Simms

My mama taught me sadness  

sops grease  

better than a piece  

of bread. 

And chocolate  

can supplement  

the dopamine  

daddy stole from my head. 

Now my doctor tells me  


extra pounds  

will put me in the red. 

I told her my brain is dying. 

I’m trying  

but I’m holding on 

by a thread. 

She didn’t even look at me 

“Eat carrot sticks,”  

she said. 

Anastasia Simms (she/her) is a third-year honors student at Kent State University studying English, psychology, and creative writing. She works at the KSU Writing Commons, the Wick Poetry Center, Brainchild Magazine, and New American Press. Her work is published by or forthcoming in Red Cedar Review, an anthology by Lit Cleveland, and Outrageous Fortune Magazine. Anastasia hopes that her writing will positively impact others just as the written word has always done for her.