by Neal Von Flue
And she’s calling you, her tan elegant arm caught between a purple rubber glove and the bright splash of her scrubs. Rubbing a shoulder that used to be yours—it appears to you in that moment like a childhood home—and she’s saying “C’mon, Hon. Come back now.” Like a siren shipwrecked on an island of beige tile, the bleach and water lapping at her black clogs, she’ll call you in.
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