She hears the pops
Snaps. Like cracking gum
drops a chipped Mikasa plate from Goodwill
onto the floor below the sink
where she’s been washing dishes in grey soup
swirling with scraps of food
soggy noodles and skins of onions.
It ricochets off the dirty tan linoleum
hits her in the shin, but she doesn’t feel it.
No, no, No.
staring out the dirty window
at the patch of brown grass
turning rust with blood
One less mouth to feed.
Colleen Wells lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her family. Her publishing credits include Adoptive Families Magazine, NUVO, ORION, Ryder Magazine, and The Potomac Review. Her poem, “Morning Pills” was included in Veils, Halos, and Shackles, an International Poetry Anthology on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women which was published in 2016. In 2002 she earned an Indiana Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalist's Award. She has worked as an activity assistant for assisted living, a preschool teacher and as an adjunct instructor. She is a certified Community Health Worker / Recovery Specialist. She is taking courses through the Center for Journal Therapy toward becoming a Certified Journal Facilitator. Her memoir, Dinner With Doppelgangers – A True Story of Madness and Recovery, was published in 2015 through Wordpool Press. Her greatest joys are her family and pets, being outdoors, writing and crafting, and filling her flea market booths with odd and fun things. You can read about her work at www.ColleenWells.com and www.dinnerwithdoppelgangers.com.