Words and illustration by Kamalini Govender
The blackness crawls upon my chest.
She laughs. She screams. She apologizes.
She always apologizes.
Eyes like midnight
stare out from beneath her blanket of black hair.
I think I see a drop of sorrow there.
The darkness claws at my heart.
She sings. She pleads. She does not apologize.
Always. Always.Forever. Always…
She spits the words at my crotch.
Eyes like graveyards
listlessly searching for something concrete to hold.
I think she smells the heat of my fear.
the silence when it’s over.