You wrap my ribs in gauze— an experiment with the word tenderly after your hands left my throat too bruised to speak. While winter sun squints at the ghost flower dying in its shabby terra cotta far from home men tell me to be honest about my role in the incident: Okay, yes I should have stayed
Lynn Melnick is the author of Landscape with Sex and Violence (YesYes Books, 2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012). She is a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.