KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 11: Spring 2019
Poem: 101 words

Just Between Us

by Nan Rubin

As an AIDS volunteer, 
I visit Mary 
in the cramped 
trailer park with 
its single moms, 
junkies, and two 
chained pit bulls. 
A sour milk smell 
on her breath, 
she leads me to her 
tiny kitchen where 
she has put out 
Sprite and cookies 
on chipped plates 
with paper napkins 
folded into triangles. 
Mary leans in, 
hand reaching across, 
which I take as she tells me 
about her boyfriend, 
the one whose needles 
she shares, how 
when they make love, 
he cries in her arms 
when she comes. 
Biting into her cookie 
she says, it’s all 
worth it. 


Nan Rubin
Issue 11, Spring 2019

is a retired psychotherapist in her seventies. This next juicy chapter of her life is devoted to writing poetry, short fiction, and memoir. Her first book of poetry, Encounters: Inspiration from the Natural World, was published by Wheatmark in 2016.

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