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Gloria Heffernan's work has appeared or is forthcoming in over forty publications including Chautauqua Journal, Columbia Review, Louisville Review, Stone Canoe, The New York Times Metropolitan Diary, and Talking Writing. She received the 2016 Best Prose Award from Blood and Thunder, the literary journal of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She teaches part-time at Le Moyne College in Syracuse and hold a Master’s Degree in English from New York University. 

 

 

 

 

Sailing

A dead roach floats on the surface
of my mother’s afternoon coffee.
She watches its compatriots
scale the wall above the stove
as if they know she cannot
douse them with Raid
while dinner is cooking.

She doesn’t know if roaches laugh,
but she imagines they do on days like this
when all the scrubbing in the world
seems to be for naught.

She dumps the coffee down the drain
and wipes her hands
on the green housecoat she wears
to hang out the window
clipping freshly laundered sheets to the clothesline,
watching them snap and billow in the wind
like the graceful sails of a schooner
she wishes she could board with her children
and sail away to someplace clean.

 

 

©2017 Gloria Heffernan

 

 

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'Snowy Egret—Avery Island, Louisiana' in Grey Sparrow Journal

'The Girls of Paris' in The Columbia Review

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