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by OMAR ZAHZAH
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He lay there unmoving.

She looked Down on him.

Still she held the Knife,

It dripped on her Hands.

She looked Down on his Hands

Mean before, maybe Cruel

Now Resting.

Strange.

So Strange.

For the first time

He seemed so Small.

They had no Children

that seemed Important now.

He looked like a little Boy.

Now.

what Now.

She knew what she would do Soon:

how she would pick up the Phone

what she would say

how she would Sound.

This wasn’t about That.

(when Time and God and all the Universe

seem to Gasp

the Mystery isn’t what Happens when Breath is Restored,

but in Between).

She looked down at his Legs

the Legs of the Table of the Room they were in

On the Table was a little Vase

In the Vase were some Flowers

She had bought for herself

some time Before.

that seemed Important now.

She turned her Head, she looked out the

Window.

She looked at the other Houses.

Probably they had People inside.

They would hear of what Happened soon.

Soon.

Not Yet.

Not Now.

Now was all Hers.

Now.

what Now.

Still she held the Knife.

Her Hands felt Dry.

Strange.

the People would hear of what Happened soon.

She thought maybe when the People heard

they would see Husbands stretched Out

on the Floors of their Living Rooms too.

She thought this

the Thought made her Smile.

Almost.

Now.

what Now.

She looked Back at him, like a

little Boy Sleeping.

She thought of the Phone.

Was it Time?

On the Table, none of the Flowers

had dropped their Petals yet.

Strange.

So Strange.

That seemed Important now.





   
   

 

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Omar ZahZah’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as Poetic Diversity, The Chiron Review, RipRap, The Horror Zine, and Schlock!. “Death Went Into The Place,” the first installment of Death, a webcomic on which he is collaborating with fine artist and graphic novelist Eliza Frye appeared in Narrative. Several of his poems were featured in the anthology Beside The City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry, and his short story, “The Morning After,” was featured in the anthology Suffer Eternal: Tales of the Undead. Love (or loathe) more of his work at www.omarzahzah.com.



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