Sarah & Milecia

text by sarah wagner • artwork by milecia griffin

 

Lies

Never shall I forget the day I heard on the news they were switching Flint’s water pipeline to the Flint River.
Never shall I forget my dad saying how stupid of an idea it is.
Never shall I forget the day the water turned brown.
Never shall I forget the day when I saw Facebook posts pop up about rashes and loss of hair from bathing in the water.
Never shall I forget the day they discovered dangerous levels of lead
in our water, and our children's blood.
Never shall I forget the day congress told us the brown water was "safe to drink".
Never shall I forget the day they found a body in our water supply.
Never shall I forget the day the world started finding out about our water.
Never shall I forget the day people started donating bottled water to us.
Never shall I forget the day the media found a more interesting story.
Never shall I forget the day people stopped talking about Flint.
Never shall I forget the day Flint had clean water.
Never shall I forget.