I haven’t thought about what happens if I choose to spit and not swallow
By Naa Asheley Afua Adowaa Ashitey
Life could remain so unordinary, or it could go dark. Maybe I’d experience “happiness” rather than simply knowing how to spell it. But do I want to lose the chance of never having to look at a mirror and be repulsed by the image it is projecting to the rods and cones of my retina? But the missed calls. The bar nights. What his laugh sounds like when we’re still up at 3am. Everything hurts and I don’t want to hurt anymore. Should I do it? I should do it. I’m going to – [vomit]
Naa Asheley Afua Adowaa Ashitey (she/her/hers) is a writer and aspiring physician-scientist from Chicago, currently living in San Francisco. She is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing with honors, specializing in fiction and a minor in the biological sciences. She is a PROPEL Post-Bacc Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, where her research centers around cancer immunology and cancer immunotherapy.
Her works have been published in Soul Talk Magazine, Blacklight Magazine, Euphony Journal and the Xylom. She is passionate about increasing the intersection between the humanities and STEM, and has been involved/led organizations aimed at advocating and making academia more accessible and equitable for underrepresented minority students. More at www.NaaAshitey.com