Resolve







Resolve


 
 


We divorce. She dissipates. I inhale


 


            wisteria, her hair cascading


            still damp from the bun she gathered in


 


the small hours of morning


 


            or the slivers of her nails


            silvered simpers toeing


           


oblivion. This image crumbles:


 


moon-glow along her shins


light fingering


 


our severed past—


                                                                                                    


            her appendectomy scar burning white


penciled thin, a grimace


 


filtered into shadows


           


            of innuendo and assuasive


            blues moving


           


through hued memory—


 


            her soundless lips mirroring 


            my memorized remorse.


 


I’m bereft, left now to fashion


 


            niddering resolutions


            brittle lead scrawling           


 


vows on crumpled parchment unwilling to be smoothed.


Gina Marie Bernard


Gina Marie Bernard is a heavily tattooed transgender woman, retired roller derby vixen, and full-time English teacher. She lives in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her daughters, Maddie and Parker, own her heart. Her chapbook Naked, Gettin' Nuder was a 2018-2019 Glass Chapbook series finalist, and has been accepted for publication by Clare Songbirds Publishing. Her work has recently appeared in r.kv.r.y quarterly, The Hunger Journal, Waccamaw Journal, Rat's Ass Review, and Jet Fuel Review 

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