RED STAINS ON WHITE LINENS 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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