This blood is a waltz at dawn.

A soul splinters on the ground,

a thousand red vessels smashing


to pieces. The doctors take pictures

instead of putting it back together.

A human soul—the honeysuckle


leaking out. The janitor comes

instead, leaking capillaries brushed

away beneath a Bauhaus mop.


by Ruohan Miao


Ruohan Miao lives in Arizona. Her work can be found in Cicada, Aerie International, Cargoes, and Navigating the Maze. When not writing, she can be found marveling at the vastness of space.

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