Zephiran Chloride

by Martha Webster

Upstairs, Mother drew
pen-and-ink clouds.
Her cigarettes and sherry swirled.

Stained glass in Father’s
surgical house. Smashed
on ethylene enamel

cloisonné fumes

and reeling still.

Martha Webster is a nurse living on Long Island. Publications include The Collagist, Cortland Review, Laurel Review, Mad River Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Provincetown Arts Magazine.

Photo by: Ana Prundaru