I place my boss’s head
on the windowsill
cinematic light shines
on his temples.
I have removed his tongue.
My boss no longer stands
before me no longer lords
over me no longer determines
my future no longer demeans
me no longer lies to me
no longer pretends
to be my friend.

—Geri Gale

Geri Gale’s award-winning books include: Patrice: a poemella (Silver IPPY Award: GLBT Fiction, Independent Publisher Book) and Alex: The Double-Rescue Dog (National Indie Excellence Award, Picture Book, Finalist); and Waiting: prosepoems (Dancing Girl Press). She is also a Moth StorySLAM winner and performed in the Moth Seattle Grand Slam. Currently she works as a copyeditor and writes and draws at night and on weekends. Her poetry, prose, and drawings have appeared in ang(st): the feminist body zine, Sinister Wisdom, Neuro Logical (forthcoming), Poetry Pacific (forthcoming), South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art, Bayou Magazine, Under the Sun, Raven Chronicles, and Canadian Jewish Outlook.