They call it breakthrough bleeding –
There’s a leak in our bathroom sink
and I’ve had a fan blowing for two days,
as my aunt’s fancy kitchen towels brine in musty water.
It blows a brisk breeze on my bare calves –
my skirt billowing out around my ankles,
puddled on the floor,
with my berserk little hormones
borrowing into the floor under my feet.
My breasts hang low and drag across
the peel and stick tile
until my bloodshot eyes finally focus
and find the bleak little ray of light –
shining simply because it’s switched on.
They call it breakthrough bleeding
and I know it means I’ve lost you somewhere in this dilapidated bathroom.
You have scattered your cells across the pad floating,
on the floor between my feet.
They call it breakthrough bleeding,
but it’s really a leak
and the floor’s gone soggy,
so one wrong move
and I’m tumbling down with you.
© Laura A. Lord, September 2018
Thank you to MindLoveMisery’sMenagerie for their prompt.
5 responses to “Break Through”
Wow the image this brings to mind is powerful
that image is devastating
It was a hard time for me. I’m probably not handling it well.
I am not sure it is possible to handle loss of that magnitude well, I think it is more a matter of surviving until you can live again or something along those lines