Morning

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By D. Bankson

Martha visits me every Sunday, as she has for seven years. Today is that anniversary.
Rain is engraving rivulets in her makeup, scarring her face, a break in a mask so well constructed. She carries flowers, but they droop with her bearing.

She huddles her shoulders into her jacket. I see her green eyes buried there. Too much fabric, too much mask.

She knows where I stay. The walkway is slick, and she can’t see through the tears. But her footing is solid, experienced.

“Hello, Dad,” she whispers as she places primrose on my grave.

     
David Bankson’s work can be found in concis, (b)oink, Anti-Heroin Chic, Artifact Nouveau, Riggwelter Press, Antinarrative Journal, among others.

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