Conversations Open Scars We Never Knew We Had by Chad W. Lutz

I said no

I was scared 


because the $60,000/yr

wasn’t enough pay


because the plane ticket 

would have run me $500


because I’d have to

uproot myself 

& sudden

tonight


so today

I spent twenty minutes 

talking to a former Chrysler machinist 

who just had his second hip replacement

after working 100 hours a week

for thirty-seven consecutive years


never got to see his daughter

never got to see his son


lives in a trailer

on a backroad to nowhere


reports back to work

on Monday


I said no

I was scared



Chad W. Lutz is a speedy human born in Akron, Ohio, in 1986, and raised in the neighboring suburb of Stow. Alumna of Kent State University's English program, Chad earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College and currently serves as an assistant editor for Pretty Owl Poetry. Their writing has been featured in KYSO Flash, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Gold Man Review, and Haunted Waters Press, was awarded the 2017 prize in literary fiction by Bacopa Review, and was a nominee for the 2017 Pushcart in poetry.