LIFT HER TO THE WITNESSES
Lay her flat
Open airways, pinch the nose and
every three or four (which is it?)
seconds: breathe, breathe
the failed resuscitation
Her lips beget the bluing. Lying on her back—
the rattling from her purse-d lips like snoring
isn't sleeping. Is she breathing? we ask
standing by the "Help me!"
Kathleen reads "Lift Her to the Witnesses":
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Kathleen confesses: "I was compelled to write 'Lift Her to the Witnesses' by the viral video of a transgender woman beaten in a Baltimore-area McDonald's as employees stood by, laughing. It recalled the 1964 murder investigation of Kitty Genovese in Queens, NY and the phenomenon known as the 'bystander effect.'"