Beef Stew

I threw you up.
Each bite of your beef stew
filled me with mercury
poured from broken thermometers,
hollow shards of glass
you hid in a small grey box,
trophies, buried deep in closet black,
tucked behind the white towels
we received on our wedding day.

But in the end
I found the box
and left you
like you feared:
holding an empty bowl
with no shine
left to kill.

Connie Marie St. Clair is an avid writer and reader of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction and has publications in anthologies Footprints: Memories That Last a Lifetime, Journey’s End: Anthology of Poetry and Short Stories, and Best of Friends. Recently, her spoken word poetry readings include “Too Many Things Wrong”, “The Forgotten Girl”, “Soldier Girl”, “Soldier Girl in Love”, and “Consequence is a White Camaro”. She is a United States Air Force veteran, working on a cross-genre collection focusing on her experiences. Finally, she is an assistant professor at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and has won numerous awards for scholarship and teaching.

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