Dean Cleaning Two

Temblor- Prompt 2

Temblor   Mornings were hectic with a preschooler and a second grader, one a girl, the other a boy, both insisting that they don’t need a shower, they don’t want oatmeal, and they will not put on their uniforms. The father is in New York on a business trip. He’s...

Sap

Sap   Rosin: a gem, a jewel, a talisman, a cylinder of translucent gold wrapped in velvet, the perfect size to pocket, to palm, but really it’s sap, it’s just sap. Without it, there’s no sound, a bow flailing uselessly over strings. With it, there’s friction,...

Pilgrim – Day 2 prompt edited

Pilgrim Small TV with antennae. Saturday morning cartoons. Cowboys and Indians. Roy Rogers. Gene Autry. Black and white. Shorts and a halter tops. Annie Oakley hat. Cheerios with spoons full of sugar. No more snoring in bedroom, but not quiet either. Door stays...

Pilgrim –

Pilgrim   Small TV with antennae. Saturday morning cartoons. Black and white. Shorts and a halter tops. Cheerios with spoons full of sugar. No more snoring in bedroom, but not quiet either. Door stays closed. Steel skates and saddle shoes by front door, but key...

Day 2 – Christina Rosso

Prompt 1   Evil is tangible; it stinks in the air, warm and rotting.    In many stories, inflicted villages are shocked when it arrives at their door. But evil isn’t hidden, not truly, not ever. The darkness seeps toward the light, tonguing its borders for...

Domestic Poem (Day 2 Prompt 2)

Because we can’t know what comes next, I say, the dandelions multiplied overnight, but you mowed the lawn just yesterday, or was it last Thursday? The days are melting into one another. I thought today was Friday but it's Sunday. I know because you cooked sausages for...

Untitled (if y’all have ideas, please share!)

CW: pregnancy loss; traumatic birth When they cut you open to take the baby out—her heart rate arrested, your cervix permanently stalled out at five centimeters, a pitstop of doctors and nurses and anesthesiologists converge, your body is no longer your body but...

Day Two: Timequake

Over the course of lunch a peregrine falcon dismembers a pigeon On the window sill I lay a red cloth winding the chopsticks about with scarlet thread waiting wanting wantoning  naked nape to mandoline while Edward succeeds Victoria while Elisabeth succeeds George...

A Form of Wave Freeze

No idea where my father got the shortwave that sat on the kitchen counter that we huddled around waiting for Our Sacred Lady of Mount Carmel & Precious Blood to be heard in the falling list the drifts already above thighs his car tracks packed ready to be cross...

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