The Wife Thief

I wake up thinking that
it was just a dream—

the solitary black and white
country in the north
fading to color.

I watch as you fall
into my oversized shirt—

still,
what do we really know
about each other

dressed or undressed?

I’m busy claiming victory
against an enemy

that didn’t want to fight

who hadn’t even known
a war had begun.


Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, with his wife, Vickie, and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Roanoke Review, The Red Cedar Review and Crannog. He has poems forthcoming in The William and Mary Review, Sugar House Review, Old Red Kimono and Milkfist. He was a recent finalist in The Rash Awards, Sharkpack Alchemy, Writer’s Digest, and Bacopa Literary Review poetry contests.


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