K.K. Adams

I sit in sullen silence
on the sofa, curled up,
at every rustle and stir
from the bedroom
if you are coming
to find me,
so like a child
crouching behind a hedge
in a game
of hide and seek.

A mosquito lands on my arm
and then on my thigh.
I smack at him
repeatedly and
in futility
but refuse to move,
to get under
the net
that surrounds our bed.

Karen K. Adams lives with her husband and five children in Mukono, Uganda. She educates her children at home, keeps chickens, and is a sometime lecturer in philosophy at Uganda Christian University.