If I were a weapon, I’d be a Molotov
Cocktail, poised in the hand of a revolutionary.
Cheap and easy to make, I’d explode once,
sacrificing the container to set the known
world ablaze. And if I were a potion, I’d
be truth serum, and you’d tell me secrets
that you had concealed even from yourself.
I’d infect your blood with the promise
of liberation. And if I were a plant, I’d be
Poison Hemlock streaked with purple
and red. Who knows? Maybe you’d pick
me, mistaking me for something harmless.
Michelle Brooks has published a collection of poetry, Make Yourself Small (Backwaters Press), and a novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy (Storylandia Press). A native Texan, she has spent much of her adult life in Detroit, her favorite city.