We talk while I’m washing the dishes, questioning

the strength of our friendship, protesting

her date with him, because

of how he attempted

to force himself

on my ex-girlfriend

years before. The plates

never come clean. I scrub

but the memory of the sins

he attempted won’t disappear. A glass

breaks in my grasp, blood on my hands

if I don’t bring the reason I don’t talk to him

back up. The pots stop getting washed when she

calls to tell me how he showed up at her home uninvited.




Deonte Osayande is a former track and field sprinter and writer from Detroit, Michigan. His poems and essays have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in over a dozen different publications. He has been a member of the Detroit National Poetry Slam Team multiple times. He’s currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaching youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program.