Definitely-Miss Roberts
brews herbal tea, in floral
skirt and cardigan. You’d think-
expect- to see feline bodies,
sinuous and boneless, twined
around her ankles, but definitely-
Miss Roberts can't abide cats.

She makes a small omelette
with peppers and peas, serves with
lightly boiled new potatoes, and
after rinsing the plate, sinks
predatory teeth into a sharply yielding éclair.

As the light fades, she half-listens to
and grades papers.

Anthony Trollope sits bookmarked on the
nightstand, but between the pillow
and the slip nestles Anais Nin, waiting
impatiently for full darkness and
definitely-Miss Roberts' fingers
to open her and devour.

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