By: Natasha Deonarain
Truth is a dragonfly dying on your patio first thing in the morning
and you don’t know what to do
so you take a picture
of its stage makeup face,
velvet eyes and and iridescent purple tail,
sun glinting through cracked glass wings.
You think about sending the picture
to your sister
whom you haven’t spoken to for years, ever since that time
but then you think it’s just too exhausting
to click the share icon on your cell
and press send, just as it
was so exhausting
to ask her to join you for a cup of coffee or grab some lunch
all those years ago,
demanding payment before
she’d agree to your company and besides,
raining outside wherever she is
right now, so you watch until his leg stops twitching
as he lies there perfectly still and then you walk into the
kitchen to make a cup of tea.
Natasha Deonarain’s first chapbook, 50 etudes for piano, will be published by Assure Press. She has been selected for the 2020 Three Sisters Award by NELLE magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Inflectionist Review, Rogue Agent Journal, The RavensPerch and Door is Ajar among others. She lives between Colorado and Arizona, depending on weather patterns.