Bio Note: I´m a native Californian who came to Spain nearly two decades ago to teach English abroad for a couple of years and, thankfully, decided to stay. In 2018, after a nearly two-decade creative void, into which I fell for obvious reasons, I returned to writing and started publishing my work, fulfilling my childhood dream of seeing my words out in the world. My debut chapbook, "The Places We Empty," will be published by Kelsay Books in July 2021, and recent work appears in Better Than Starbucks, Praxis Magazine, and Anti-Heroin Chic. I live with my wife and two young children in a former ghost town, where, by day, I work as a telephone English teacher.
You hold your hands in front of your face and frown as if they were covered in mud or bugs, as if by staring them down you could zap the virus in a single flash. My hands are dirty you gasp, soap suds falling off your fingertips, droplets still swirling down the drain. You run back to the bathroom. How many two-year olds spend half their day leaning over the sink, fiddling with the faucet until the flow is just right, alternating between bar and liquid? Four scrubs, five, six, my pleas go unheeded, flutter to the floor among flakes of skin. I blast your name out of the cannon of my hysteria but you don´t hear me over the rushing water so I turn it off. Eyes glazed over, you glare at me and turn it on again, unwilling to surrender to the foes only you see striking your pores.
©2020 Julie Weiss
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