I saw her slice tomatoes as her eyes
ignored the tattoo of a cross between
every puree. Her brown palm- fading- dyed
dark blue. Did he cut her hand with a steamed
rusty safety pin? A broken paper
clip? Carving such a symbol of higher
forgiveness as the pain soon then tapered
into calm at the center of her sigh?
A news reporter said they found her in
a closet, crumpled like an old travel
bag; been there for days. Heavy to begin-
emptied of her now- he must have marveled
at her sunken face. This woman beaten,
ill-placed, like a raincoat out of season.