It’s dark when he goes to work,
darker still as he idles in his truck
outside of his own house, sure
he’s scrubbed the smell of her sweat
out from under his nail beds.
The house sits dejected like his wife
on the edge of the bathtub,
the bottle of laxatives empty on the
counter, every inch of her
intestines scraped clean.
She can hear the truck in the garage.
The business trip was longer than usual,
longer time out from under his prying eyes.
His nose was once so perfect
and now it turns up at her, shoves her.
He’s still in his truck, craving
alcohol he’s never even had.
He craves the son he never had.
She was always so thin,
those birthing hips no use to him.
The truck engine cuts at last and
the shaking house is silent.
The words on the post card meant
for her husband are loud as ever,
a pretty script unlike his wife’s.
She stands, stares at her broken
frame in the mirror and sees that
despite all efforts, the fat on her
stomach will not dissolve.
For two months that fat has grown.
The hallway is tighter than usual
as his form bombards towards the bathroom.
He pounds until his wife appears,
hands him the crumpled card from
the woman he hides in Colorado.
She tosses more words over her shoulder.