Keep cold the loaded syringe
family gun in white box
near egg white cartons
stamped carton contents set to expire
once a needle drawn set in pinched skin
bullet trigger draw into clocked body
disembodied second hands
swab hands sterile at kitchen counter
count to go-time
wait for know-time
loaded leftovers wait
a ladle beside supper sauce.
Nicole S. Piasecki teaches undergraduate writing and rhetoric at the University of Colorado Denver. Her creative work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Motherwell Magazine, Word Riot, Gertrude Press, and Brevity Magazine’s blog. Her essay, Maybe We Can Make a Circle, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Nicole also Tweets about writing, teaching, and parenting.
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