On Buying Fireworks with Our TANF Money


We’re sick
of your judgement hanging over us like crows.

We know
we’re fucked and filthy and shit;
we’re the ones who wake up gut-sore from dry
heaving in the gravel after a night
soured from memory. Sometimes

we just want to make things explode.

Grace Spulak is an attorney and writer who makes her home in New Mexico. She has spent her career working on child advocacy and access to justice. This is her first published work.

Image Credit: “Leftover Fireworks on the Ground” by Marcus Spiske

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