The Devil on His Wedding Night

by a contributor

by Jose Angel Araguz

He split an apple with
his hands a week before

and let it rot under the bed until
that night when he waited for her
to fall asleep

then held the halves under
her nose

so that his history,
what he was capable of,
could enter her.

Jose Angel Araguz has had work most recently in Poet Lore and The Dandelion Farm Review, and has been featured in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. His chapbook, The Wall, is published by Tiger’s Eye Press. He runs The Friday Influence, a poetry blog at:

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