Because I want to forget
the afternoon at the library
in the cramped backseat
of your wife’s sedan:
on my knees between car seats,
Coke cans, and soccer cleats
hidden by a willing rain
loud with promise,
wet with wishing
and the look on your face
that returns books late—
pages stained and marked
for easy reference later
after you’ve forgotten the important parts.
“Stained” first appeared in Rat’s Ass Review: Love & Ensuing Madness, June 2016.
JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS RUINED ME FOR OTHER MEN
when Henry takes her from behind
he folds her body into his and holds it
hard against his thighs.
His stubble marks a damask rose upon her cheek.
Her crown slips
as his bicep flexes; his hand commands
her neck to learn the lesson Tudors give.
I wonder if this is how it really happened
when the fat king schtooped his fair lady.
she dies no matter what,
but now we women find ourselves
aching for a man who was covered in pus-filled boils
and would as soon behead us as bed us.
Marissa Glover teaches writing at Saint Leo University, hosts Friday Night Open Mic, and shares her thoughts more than necessary, which she considers a form of charitable giving. If it counted as a tax deduction, she’d be rich. Her poem “Stained” first appeared at Rat’s Ass Review. Other poems have recently appeared in The Lascaux Review, Stoneboat, and After the Pause, but her best work has always been on her parents’ refrigerator. Follow her on Twitter @_MarissaGlover_.