• Joe Russo


They said she died with the rain that night.

They bonded together, fused,

an element mixed with skin and blood.

The town worshipped it, cupped their

hands full of water and brought it to their

mouth, to suck her in, to make

her become alive once more.

Now, even thirty years later,

the rain still smelled

of honey and jasmine.

When they saw the

Vaquera family now, they still whispered,

“So, sorry for your loss."

Joe Russo has been published in Metaphor Magazine, Nowhere Journal, Event Horizon, Typehouse Magazine, Door is A Jar Magazine, Spillwords, Degenerate Literature and Centum Press’s anthology “One Hundred Voices.”