“I don’t blame you”
a friend says to
the recent widow
ordering take-out.
“Blame has nothing
to do with it,” the
widow snaps, and
I remember the sting
of well-intentioned words,
salt on that fresh wound.

Martha Christina lives in Bristol, RI. She is a frequent contributor to Red Eft Review, and her work has also appeared in earlier issues of Star 82 Review, Crab Orchard Review, and the Tiny Seed Pollinator Project, among others.

See more of her work in 11.3 and 11.1 and 10.4 and 10.4 and 10.4 and 10.4 and 10.1 and 9.4 and and 9.3 and 9.3 and 9.2 and 9.2 and 8.2 and 8.2 and 7.4 and 7.3 and 7.2 and 6.3 and 6.3 again

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