Difficult to Say

by Navin R. Johnson

Marie, are you awake? Good. You look so beautiful and peaceful - you almost look dead. And I'm glad because there's something I want to say that's always been very difficult for me to say: I slit the sheet the sheet I slit and on the slitted sheet I sit. I've never been relaxed enough around anyone to be able to say that - you give me confidence in myself. I know we've only known each other for four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days.


Navin R. Johnson is the adopted white son of African American sharecroppers.