aaron sandberg

my sister ripping heads off all her dolls

Mercy means
she plays the god
and makes
a world

to lift them up,
toy by toy,
as if handpicked,

and pulls as hard as-
and because-

she can.

27 May 2021

Aaron Sandberg keeps all his plants in plastic form so that they’ll never die. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in West Trade Review, Asimov’s, The Offing, Sporklet, Lowestoft Chronicle, Abridged, Giallo, Right Hand Pointing, Monday Night, and elsewhere. A Pushcart-nominated teacher, you might find him—though socially-distant—on Instagram @aarondsandberg.