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

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