“not released until all” by Sasha in the bath

Sunday June 5, 2016
5 minutes
From the online grading centre

we are held until the officer processes every one every single one. the women are all in burlap sacks and then men are in prison jumpsuits of varying colours. mostly orange. some grey. a man pushes a woman and before i can call for help everyone is fighting and pushing and punching. i cling to a wall, wondering if it will bring me safety, wondering if concrete is kinder than people. i try to find jamie but everyone looks the same. everyone has the same rabid squirrel expression. everyone looks sweaty and pale and dehydrated and exhausted. a nursing woman’s breasts start leaking. she cries, “i need to feed my baby! i need to feed my baby!”