Doni Shepard

Asking For Help
At eleven, she sits coyly in the
office of the neighborhood therapist.
Illustrates memories, the
touch, talk, taste of torture.
The clinician tells her she will
follow one of two paths–
the prude, the whore.
Tells her fate is fate.
At eleven, she tells her family
she doesn’t want to
return.
They say she needs the help.

Doni Shepard is a poet, mother, and lifetime learner currently residing in Phoenix. She spends her days managing content for a popular startup, mommying an extraordinary three-year-old, and serving as Lunch Ticket’s Poetry Editor. Upon nightfall you can generally find her in an insomniac haze binge-watching Shameless with a fluffy orange feline named Doobie. Her work has been featured by Dirty Chai, and can be found in the love anthology Spectrum 3: LoveLoveLove. She is currently an MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles, concentrating in poetry.