Close Calls

I couldve died in sex slavery
but im a fast runner
two times they almost caught me
i couldve died from tobacco poisoning
after drinking a vat of it
in the rainforest
that same week,
another girl succumbed to it

I could have died as a child
for a number of reasons
i never quite feel
up to recounting

i could have died in a hospital
the doctors insisted
from pneumonia
from shingles
from overdosing

i couldve died in a bombing
ive heard the alarms
felt the ground shaking
i couldve died in his arms
trying to revive me
after one too many
gut punchings
from the blood leaking
out of my intestines

but…i didnt.

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