Marriage |
by Ally Malinenko

I retype my husband’s poetry
making little mistakes here and there,
adding punctuation
where he has none

and then going back and fixing it
laying my line over his
the way we have laid our lives
our bodies
our times together

in these seventeen years.

I think back to our first nights together
when I was out of those teenage
by just a breath

Back then I would come back from
peeing late night
sleepy eyed
stumbling steps
and I would lay
in bed 
watch him sleep

the straight line of his mouth
and curve of his eyebrow
like an island’s rough shores
that I had shipwrecked myself against.

and I would whisper
who are you, really?

to the stars and the night
and the sleeping man beside me.

The Poet: Ally Malinenko is the author of the poetry collection The Wanting Bone (Six Gallery Press), the children's novel Lizzy Speare and The Cursed Tomb (Antenna Books) and the YA novel This Is Sarah (Bookfish Books). She currently lives in the part of Brooklyn voted to have the best halal truck.

The Artist: Daniel Ayles is a Portland, Oregon-based artist whose work bridges the gap between the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. If you are interested in exploring his body of work further, you can see examples of his art in the 2012 August issue of The Horror Zine here:  You may also view two collaborative pieces he did with Tiffany Luna in the 2012 November issue of The Horror Zine: