Is the vase blue with pink scratches
and a red mark that could be blood?
Or is it pure black with a white mark
that could be bird droppings?
After Lucia’s death, it doesn’t matter.
The vase is just a shell,
and if you put it to your ear
you can’t hear the sea anymore.
Penelope Weiss was born in New York City and now lives in Shrewsbury, Vermont. Storiana, her collection of stories, was published in 2010 by Casa de Snapdragon Publishing.