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MY DIVORCE IS A DEAD BUG TRAPPED IN THE LIGHT FIXTURE IN MY SHOWER by Shyla Shehan

 

 

Video footage from December 2008

captured an exchange of I love yous 

which proves that I was good

at pretending

in front of the camera.

 

By 2009 I was abandoned in Vegas

without a phone, ID, or money

at a club we waited for hours to get into

which you got kicked out of

for threatening

a bartender

another patron

me.

 

I wandered out drunk

walked the strip

wandered back in

to loiter about the nickel slots

in search of change.

Standing in the shower I glance up,

wince, rinse, and sigh.

 

It’s far too much work

to find a screwdriver

and stepladder.

Especially after having

just come clean.

Shyla Shehan Author

Shyla Shehan is an analytical Virgo who holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska where she received an American Academy of Poets Prize in 2020. She is a co-founder and editor at The Good Life Review and currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, children, and four cats

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