How to Mend a Relationship
by Rafaella Del Bourgo
You must call and say “I am abject,”
and you must be abject
and tear at your clothes
until they’re shredded.
Make him dinner
while wearing your rags,
dice garlic, the knife rocking
on the cutting board. Say to the garlic,
“You must help me with this,” and it will obey.
When he asks about the mumbling on your plate
explain that you are eating your words
which are quite bitter
and, as you look at him expectantly,
he will hand across a needle
and a spool of thread.
PHOTO:Red garlic by Stijn Nieuwendijk, used by permission.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rafaella Del Bourgo’s writing has appeared in Puerto Del Sol, Rattle, Oberon, Nimrod, and The Bitter Oleander. She has won many awards including the League of Minnesota Poets Prize in 2009. In 2010, she won the Allen Ginsberg Poetry…
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