KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 1: Fall 2014
Prose Poem: 116 words

When You Stand

by Deanne Gertner

Stark naked in front of his bed, the single candle stitching wavelets of shadows across your skin, when afterwards you are pliable, silky as an eel, your pupils belladonnaed in the pocket-sized light, when you unearth the Grecian phosphorescence, that spidery, shimmering fossil inside your underwear, when you bungle them back on, noodling them up one thigh and then the other, when you sink into the corner of the bed, his dog nestled next to you, its tail thwumping the mattress, when his cigarette smoke flickers in from the kitchen, and the dark—pin-pricked, bookended, wonky—plucks the enchanted rose petals of you, that’s when you ask your body: was it worth it?

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