by Paige Melin

(untitled)

I watched my mother break herself into little pieces
giving them away slowly
wherever she was needed
letting skin cells filter into the chicken she cut
for my sister, eyelashes linger
over gravies hot and perfectly
thickened. And then
the pieces grew bigger,
larger, day by day. A fracture
in the living room, silence
in the hallways,
and always, her voice
scattered in fragments,
chasing after closed doors and dropped
receivers, never
wanting to be heard but to be
heard, as in truly. I listened
sometimes. Guilt
washes over.
—–

Paige Melin is a poet, editor, & translator from Buffalo, NY. Her book of poetry, Puddles of an Open, was recently published by BlazeVOX [books] (2016), and a chapbook of her poems was published by Buffalo Ochre Papers (2016). She edits the litmag steel bellow (steelbellow.com). @paige_melin

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