CATCH AND RELEASE
As the nurse draws blood, your veins roll and collapse. She tries again, looking carefully for a fat squirm of blue, calling it fishing. She reties the tourniquet, and your body becomes a catfish that is not fooled by the lures, putting up a fight with the sharpness of a hook tugging at its skin.
By Adrienne Novy
Adrienne Novy is a poet and teaching artist from the Chicago suburbs studying Creative Writing and Education in Saint Paul, MN. Her work can be found in FreezeRay Poetry, Voicemail Poems, and on Button Poetry. She loves dogs, a good blended chai, and writing in coffee shops. She is a strong believer in that it’s possible to be both cute and powerful at the same time.