Susan (Deepam) Wadds
The duty in your moans, I hear it now.
The patter of his small feet,
the creak of bedroom door.
Why had we not purchased a simple lock?
Our uncoupling in the shock of his sleep-pressed face.
The speed at which you rolled from me.
Him, at four, saying, “Never do that again.”
That final drip of intimacy
dried by a child’s command.
Susan Wadds has work in various literary journals, including The Blood Pudding, Room, and carte blanche. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, and a certified Amherst Writers and Artists writing workshop facilitator. Regal House will publish her debut novel, What the Living Do in March 2024. @Deepamwadds