by Nina Clements

Published in Issue No. 239 ~ April, 2017

Jacaranda blossoms on the sidewalk,

stomped upon until their purple bruises

the white heat. The cat steps so carefully


inside the apartment; long nails on wood

clatter like a cane. Should she be allowed

to live out days until she can’t sustain


breath any longer? Her fur falls away,

but she still steps on ants, crunches them sans

teeth. Is the protein a problem for her


kidneys? She is frail and would be pale if

she were an old, old woman. She would be

translucent, clear, but in love with colors.

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Nina Clements earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently works as a librarian in Southern California.