We divorce. She dissipates. I inhale


            wisteria, her hair cascading

            still damp from the bun she gathered in


the small hours of morning


            or the slivers of her nails

            silvered simpers toeing


oblivion. This image crumbles:


moon-glow along her shins

light fingering


our severed past—


            her appendectomy scar burning white

penciled thin, a grimace


filtered into shadows


            of innuendo and assuasive

            blues moving


through hued memory—


            her soundless lips mirroring 

            my memorized remorse.


I’m bereft, left now to fashion


            niddering resolutions

            brittle lead scrawling           


vows on crumpled parchment unwilling to be smoothed.

Gina Marie Bernard

Gina Marie Bernard is a heavily tattooed transgender woman, retired roller derby vixen, and full-time English teacher. She lives in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her daughters, Maddie and Parker, own her heart. Her chapbook Naked, Gettin' Nuder was a 2018-2019 Glass Chapbook series finalist, and has been accepted for publication by Clare Songbirds Publishing. Her work has recently appeared in r.kv.r.y quarterly, The Hunger Journal, Waccamaw Journal, Rat's Ass Review, and Jet Fuel Review 

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