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"The Last" • Agust D (by Ashley Varela)


It's not that I couldn't, but I didn't

remember to dial the ER.


Remember: to dial the ER,

I would have to pinpoint the median —


I would have to pinpoint the median

where my legs dangled into the double-mouthed river.


Where my legs dangled into the double-mouthed river,

daring the fish to bite, I waited all night.


Daring the fish to bite, I waited all night

as death's perfect bait. I thought I am the root of all this.


as death's perfect bait, I thought I am the root of all this

so I'll stop myself. I wouldn't go through with it in the end.


So, I'll stop. Myself, I wouldn't go through with it. In the end,

it's not that I couldn't, but I didn't.



Ashley Varela (they/them) is a queer writer & author based in Seattle, Washington.


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