Elizabeth Johnston Ambrose

TO SENATOR HELLER, FROM A LITTLE HICCUP

"We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination.”
Senator Dean Heller

I write to correct a case
of mistaken identity,
improper attribution
and ask you to kindly refrain
from using my name.

Look, I get it.
Easy mistake, my nom de plume
hailing from the Latin “to sob”
or “to gasp”

 and admittedly, I too can compel
the closure of vocal chords

and am likewise characterized by the frequency
with which I occur, symptomatic of a problem
arising from the gut (easily confused
for a dark underbelly)

Yes, the remedies touted to rein us in are the same:
Don’t drink. Avoid tight clothing.
Hold your breath.
Hold your tongue.

Human nature to confuse
two things for one
(cause with correlation
her rights, his privilege
No. Yes.)

But the difference is clear:

Hiccups go away.
Rapists go to Washington.

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