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Cindy Rosmus: Lavender

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2023

LAVENDER

 

by

 

Cindy Rosmus

 

 

 

Always hated it.

That washed-out purple:

Needy, insecure.

That cloying scent,

Like an old lady’s sachet.

Sachets.

Who the fuck uses them?

Maybe in Victorian England

They masked the stench of dead people

Chicks took photos with.

Old chicks.

Your giving me

Lavender soaps,

Candles,

What might be dusting powder,

Makes me puke.

Makes me feel old.

My skin crinkles,

Bones crack.

Just send me to the glue factory,

You fuck.

Like I can’t get laid.

Like I just sit in the window,

Drunk,

Surrounded by cats,

Watching neighbors

Take out the trash.

Even with old cat litter,

Mine smells the best on the block.

(Thanks to lavender.)

Aromatherapy:

If it should calm me,

Why am I scared?

Picturing my death:

Clothes cut out the back,

A satin pillow for

My brainless head.

And, sitting up front,

The Grim Reaper,

In a faded purple hoodie.

But nobody else.

 

 

 

Cindy originally hails from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, once voted the “unfriendliest city on the planet.” She talks like Anybodys from West Side Story and everybody from Saturday Night Fever. Her noir/horror/bizarro stories have been published in the coolest places, such as Shotgun HoneyMegazineDark DossierThe Rye Whiskey Review, Under the Bleachers, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of Yellow Mama and the art director of Black Petals. She’s published seven collections of short stories. Cindy is a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights advocate.



Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023