Dominique Traverse Locke 

Terminal Husband and Wife

It’s a sad diagnosis:
But I’ve accepted it,
and now, swollen with child,
the only comfortable 
clothes in the house
are his: t-shirts and boxers
the wife before me surely washed,
pulled off of his body.

Here, in the drawer of my life, 
I reach for the blue plaid
of his past, pull them on,
exhausted from exertion,
and leave a slip of paper
in their place, a prescription
for an ailment
that must be filled
and filled again. 


Dominique Traverse Locke is an educator and writer from southwest Virginia. Her poems have appeared in The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, and other regional journals, as well as in print and online in various other publications. Dominique has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and two of her poetry collections have been published.


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