Your not-boyfriend is cooking a chicken
in his mother’s kitchen.
The house is upside down.
His sister holds a blow dryer,
her hair like knotted black rope
so beautiful it hurts.
The soup is almost ready to taste.
Tomatoes from their garden
near the Long Beach airport.
Sour, like the rumble of planes
which means he’ll leave again soon.
The house will become right side up.
His brother with the worried eyes
will return from work, muscled arms like a fork,
will ask if you would like to be his supper.
Meg Pokrass is the author of five flash fiction collections and a book of prose poetry, Cellulose Pajamas, for which she received the Blue Light Book Award. Her work has been widely and internationally anthologized, most recently in New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018), Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015) and The Best Small Fictions 2018, 2019. She serves as Founding Co-Editor of Best Microfiction.