Hi, I’m Not Rebecca

Rebecca loved fine things and how wonderful
for her. How delicate her underclothing
and the care her housekeeper takes to wash,
press, fold, place, and present them still
after her death. Her dying will
leave me a widow if my husband
cannot forgive himself. Down in
the boat house he waits and I dare
not go. I dare not anchor my fate
to his. Better a divorcee with my old name
than this chilly new name that hides me
from a housekeeper who cannot love me, too.

#NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 16

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).