It’s why that block’s on the far hill facing the other way, away from the road. Sure, it gets the first morning light, but it’s also so people don’t see. People think people rob graves to harvest jewelry or organs, and maybe sometimes they do, but it’s the mothers that are always the problem. They’re the ones who rip their nightgowns climbing over the fence in the middle of the night, awakened by dreams of their crying babies. They’re the ones who show up with shovels and start digging, leaving the unsightly holes in the earth.

Andrea Danowski will be attending the University of Oregon’s creative writing MFA program this fall. Her work has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Nontrue, and Jersey Devil Press, among others.