the white sheets
are crisp
as i enter
that is the first thing i see
well starched sheets
so white
the rest of the room blends
from the carpet
to the walls
to the ceiling
it all seems bland
but the sheets
stir me
i drop my bags on the floor
walk to the bed a few steps away
and one by one
take my clothing off
i place my fingers on the sheets
to find the edge
i find it
and pull it out
hands first
then one knee
then the other
then stretching my body out on the bed
i pull the sheets up
they are coarse on my skin
the pillow is soft
the pillow case heavily ironed
i roll over to my side to face the mirror on the wall
those that are trimmed in gold
they slide
from side to
in it i see myself in bed
a small amount of sunlight
reflects in the mirror
it seems to be so bright
i turn and close my eyes
day i am not ready for
i do not want to face it
i try to forget
to get the thought out of my mind
its not leaving
my cell rings
no i am not going to answer
i get out of bed to see who it was
i rummage through my messy purse
pull out a cigarette
a light
and the phone
light the cigarette
and crawl under the covers
once more
in hand i see the number
then the phone vibrates
a message
a text
“where r u i need 2 c u”
the phone vibrates again
again it vibrates
“i am sorry”
“i need 2 c”
“please do not shut me out”
i turn it off
i do not want any more of it
see it
here it
no more
i through it at the wall
and it bounces to the floor
its gone thank god
sheets pulled over my breasts
i cling into it
with cigarette in hand
the ash i know flick on the floor
and hold on to it till it burns out
i watch it until the last ember is out
then put the filer down on the side table
what am i to do
on my side
i try to drift off


Earhart Chappel Inc.   IPA

Jefferson, United States

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