Shahé Mankerian

14

Because she forgets, because she walks the hallways
like Diogenes, because she sips lentil soup left

behind on a dirty platter, because she lifts the broken
payphone by the nurses’ station and calls her husband,

because she talks to the aquarium mounted opposite
the employee of the month, because God hides

in the belly of the suckermouth fish, because she buries
her husband every night underneath the weeping willow,

because she misplaces her purse and accuses the night-
shift for being thieves, because she cannot locate her room,

she bares a #14 on her left hand written with a felt pen. 


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