Aruni Wijesinghe


promise slips away with
fickle gibbous moon 
reminder that for another lunar cycle
Life has not taken hold

receding tide
thighs smeared red
and stained white linens
whisked off the bed

furtive scrubbing of sheets
in a shell-shaped bathroom sink
she tries to erase
all trace of failure

wedding ring rests in the soap dish
rubbing salt into the wound to remove the stain
hands raw from efforts to
sanitize the scene

Aruni Wijesinghe is a Sri Lankan-American writer. A project manager, ESL teacher, erstwhile belly dance instructor, and occasional sous chef, she has been published in anthologies and journals both nationally and internationally. Her first full-length collection, 2 Revere Place, is available from Moon Tide Press. A native New Yorker, she was born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County, New York, and Orange County, California, where she resides with Jeff, Jack and Josie.


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