28 days and blood
of any decision on my part
but I run
out of temper, out of hindrances to the words behind my tongue
and these days,
you know exactly how I feel
by as honest as I should have been two weeks ago
when you shared the news
I see red.
le sang in French.
Blood-red as the root of “sanguine”
— an adjective defined
am eagerly hopeful for this communication from my uterus to end
as sensations like points of paring knives settle into my abdomen
and hope deferred, for 7 days, descends
until finally, it ends.
and it seems as though my womb’s made peace.
She seeks to make amends for “not this time”
but maybe next? she asks, sanguine.
and there we’ll go again.
(1) Merriam Webster Online
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