Maiden Aunt (For Nellie)
She tells her beads
a litany of loneliness
prays to God
that he will not leave her
forsaken like this
holding her tight
in the night.
'My God...my God! '
but God only laughs
demands she goes down
on her knees &
worship only him
a lover's touch
her name on another's breath.
She listens to
the children's voices
'Old Maid...Old Maid! '
in the hellish dark
until weariness & whiskey
hush her to sleep.
Tomorrow, she will
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