Stacks of Cloth

“Have an abortion,” my sister says.

My mother reads that a wealthy couple paid twenty-thousand dollars for a healthy newborn child. “Just think. A chance for you to start over again.”

I buy baby clothes at thrift stores. I fold them into small bundles and arrange them on my bookshelves.

Charlene Logan Burnett lives in Northern California. When not writing, she rescues homeless collies. She received an MFA in playwriting from UC Davis, and she was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship. Her work has been published in RHINO, WomensArts Quarterly, Weave Magazine, Yemassee, and others.

You can see more of her work in 50/50