carnation-soaked            cloves
citrus fruit            a late spring

like paint by numbers      the way
she applied it      Find your pulse

she’d say      heat sites:      wrist
ears      throat         how pressure

activates smell            As though
shocked      the body embraces

the womb again      nostalgic return
to something      it can’t remember

You don’t want to forget   when she
was alive      in the spare bedroom

Amanda Gomez is finishing her first year as an MFA candidate in poetry at Old Dominion University. Currently, she resides in Norfolk, VA. She is working on completing her first chapbook.

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