the cut
stopped
against the acrylic edge
of her thumbnail
just short of costing her
the tip

A GOAT CIRCUS!
she roared
jamming her hand
in a paper towel
with ringleaders who can’t
even cut their own bagels!

the serrated knife
sat in crumbs
stained pink

she sobbed
in the bathroom

he put the envelope
back in his pocket

today wasn’t a day
for surprises


R L Raymond lives and writes in London, Ontario, Canada. He holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. With poetry, fiction, photography, and painting, Raymond just tells stories. Read his narratives in three poetry collections, and dozens of literary publications around the world.

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