The Exchange

Repetitious breaths. Uneasy breathing.
That’s all you talk about,
he says as he coils spaghetti
around the twirling fork. Sauce splatters.
White shirt. Beside a bone button another
hemoptysis-red stain.

Steam rises from the pasta mound,
the sauce pit, and snakes over the candle,
over its flicker, over the wrist shadow
falling fetal at the plate’s hemorrhaging edge.
He swallows then blows on another forkful
till it cools, till his glasses fog up.

Your breathing dream,
he says as he peers over the framed condensation,
then coughs, shuffles, banging a leg.
Tines grind the china. The table trembles.
He continues. There must be more to it.

Brenda Schmidt is a show stealer.

Published On: February 14, 2008
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february 14, 2008

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If I Were Your Dog
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Where the Customary’s Always Right
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bleeding hearts
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A Moth Story
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the only way to live
by Jeanette Lynes

by Dave Margoshes

by rob mclennan

dear emily
by Jay Okada

the exchange
by Brenda Schmidt

because it is green
by Darren Stewart

Fly on the Window
by Jennifer Still

Speaking, Over Her Left Shoulder And Toward His Reflection In The Mirror
by Nick Thran

Beautif: Orpheus after Eurydice
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love song:
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