Sisters of Bondage

By

Gavin Gerngross

She filled the tube
with her red.
A prism of weeks reduced to jelly,
this nutria,
scattered among the glade.
Reduction: dollop of discontent.
Tilling imagination flocks out at will.
By nightlight, there are prayers
of meager request
scrolled across the carpet.
In this manifestation, heat
pulling at her socks, the breach
of her white sister’s sheets.
The collapse of an entire stage
in one movement
of the hand, an
elbow changing the landscape.
The harsh tickle of two fingers.

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Gavin Gerngross is 34 years old, a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Creative Writing. He has been married 10 years, has a daughter, Trina, named after his deceased sister, and a son, Asher, named both the tribe of Israel and Chaim Potok’s character Asher Lev. Despite being laid off twice in the past year, he still resides in Houston; because he loves the city a little too much. He is affectionately known as, G, but only by his wife, Jami. Gavin Gerngross has no website links to speak of.