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Washed Out

Monday, February 17, 2020

I step into the stall,
turn the knob to hot,
head down, a supplicant before the water.

I observe my barren belly,
and the mole
I should remove

when a spider
crawls, then falls
into the soap.

She must have thought
this a fertile corner
to hatch her hundred babies–

she could not know there is
no sustenance here, or that
gleeful toddlers mock her drowning.

One self-possessed leg searching,
she casts an unrequited thread
but the unborn brood bears her down–

I could fish her out with a tissue,
save her to hope to hobble
into the mouth of a snake but

I dip my toe into the wake,
help her down the drain and say
"They were just going to eat you, anyway."




– Teresa Kiplinger



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