The Other Man’s Wounds
It was cold outside the golden hearth
she made with him. She welcomed me,
a stranger smelling of stale milk
and chemicals, into her mouth.
I entered like a terrorist
she invited. We fucked
her marriage to him
into Ground Zero. She spat me out
like a poison. She repaired
the other man’s wounds.
© Jake Dennis
Jake Dennis has been published online in Sitelines, Creatrix, River Tales, Vibewire, and now Retort Magazine. Print journals that have published his work include Art Monthly Australia, Page Seventeen, Cottonmouth, dotdotdash, and Wet Ink. He is the frontman for funk/soul/pop coverband The Entourage, a freelance journalist for Science Network WA and Drum Perth, runs a monthly book club, and organises guest bookings for the Perth Poetry Club.