A writer and poet in Chicago, McKenzie's poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, The Rumpus, Motherly, Memoir Mixtapes, Medium, and more. www.mckenzielynntozan.com
Months ago, I realized my son
would die, and the certainty left me weak
for days. A pit
in the lower-right of my abdomen, like a hole
where all truths must be born.
Whenever I have felt such certainty...