by Roberta Beary
My first time, we drank rum and cokes in my basement. For dutch braveness, Wolf mentioned. I known as him Wolf as a result of that’s what everybody known as him. Not his mother, she known as him Arthur.
— Look, infant, solely two crimson drops. Carol bled like a caught pig, Wolf mentioned.
— It didn’t harm in any respect, I mentioned.
1) a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the orifice of the vagina
2) the Greek god of marriage
The mattress had belonged to my grandma. Wolf by no means requested me to the touch his thingy, not even the second time. When it was over my eyes traced the furry patches on his knuckles.
2) lined with coarse stiff hairs
He blew smoke rings just like the man within the TV business.
I might scent the mothballs all the way in which from the mattress. After I was a child, sitting in church, my grandma’s coat at all times smelled of mothballs. I acquired up, nonetheless buck bare, took her coat from the rack. And inhaled.
1) the state of being homesick
2) a sentimental craving for a former time
I waited for Wolf each day on the schoolyard. On my birthday, I noticed his automotive and ran over. I knew he’d keep in mind my candy sixteen. His pal Gerry was on the wheel.
— Hey child, why are you hanging round? Him and Carol took off in her outdated man’s T-Hen.
Stupefy: transitive verb
1) to make silly, groggy, or insensible
2) astonish, astound
After that I hated the title Carol.
I used to be like clockwork. However I saved checking my underwear, ready for my pal to come back. On the primary day of summer time break, I went to the identical place I’d had the check. My mother thought I used to be on the James Bond double characteristic.
1) given to or characterised by deception, or divergence from absolute reality
2) false or unfaithful
A nurse with a protracted hair rising from a mole on her cheek pushed me into the examination room and threw a robe at me. The metallic stirrups made my enamel chatter. My ft saved slipping out till she tied them for my very own good. The physician’s furry paws unfold my knees and the nurse held a lightweight down there. That’s why I couldn’t inform when the blob acquired sucked up.
1) a malformation
2) one thing deviating from the traditional
I used to be soaking wet and the nurse gave me a pad. It wasn’t any good. I used up all their rest room paper and the tissues Mother put in my gymnasium bag. I wore it twisted so the Mary Immaculate facet didn’t present. The nurse held my arm and walked me to the exit signal. She handed me a picket rosary.
— Pray subsequent time you’re tempted. God keen, you gained’t be again.
1) affected or hypocritical holiness
2) out of date: sacredness
I made it onto the bus earlier than the cramps started. I stood, hugging my arms tight to maintain from bawling. This outdated girl shuffled her purchasing baggage and pointed. It turned out she was going all the way in which to Utopia Gardens too. After a number of stops, my head fell towards the fox on her shoulder. She didn’t say something. I closed my eyes and let the scent of mothballs wash over me.
Roberta Beary identifies as gender-fluid and writes to attach with the silenced, to allow them to know they’re heard. Their work seems in Rattle, The New York Occasions Fashionable Love, Greatest Microfiction, Greatest Small Fictions, and different publications. They divide their time between USA and Eire.
Extra at https://robertabeary.com/ and https://twitter.com/shortpoemz.
Footnote: All definitions taken or paraphrased from Merriam-Webster.com (February 2022)