All Those Lovely Rugs

by Ann Minoff

my mother wants to kill herself
she yells into the phone
I want to die already
it’s 4:10 in the morning
my mind is still asleep
she cries I want to die
I’m going to do it
cut my wrists
messy you know
all those lovely rugs
help me please she begs
what can I do
she’s not sick
she’s not in pain
she’s not in a wheelchair
she’s not in a hospital
but she is alone

Ann graduated from New York University with a degree in philosophy and continued her education at the National College of Chiropractic in Illinois. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1982. She currently teach classes on Qigong and Kabbalah. Ann’s work is forthcoming or has been published in The Alembic, Amarillo Bay, California Quarterly, The Chaffin Journal, The Distillery, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Literary Review, Lullwater Review, Nimrod, Porcupine, Quiddity Literary Journal, and Sacred Journey: Journal of Fellowship in Prayer.


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