Ode to Your Wife, by Anjanette Delgado

I remember her
Native American turquoise silver wedding ring,
like the vertical pendulum of a clock going too fast,
back and forth, back and forth,
stabbing the wind in front of my face,
pleading with me to leave
you alone; meaning alone with her.

            What are you, fifteen?

she spat, shaking her head, sarcastic
lips down-turned, a brown sea of sunburned skin engulfing
fearful eyes.

            Nineteen

I said, and saw my niece, Bee-bee, begging for another
story, the same story, please Auntie, to avoid being left
alone in the dark of her room, that very same desperate, criminal, fierceness in her face.

I remember her and thank God.
I thank God, I do, every day.
I could’ve been stuck with you.

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Anjanette Delgado is an award-winning Puerto Rican novelist, speaker, and journalist who has written or produced for media outlets such as NBC, CNN, NPR, Univision, HBO and Vogue Magazine’s Latam and Mexico divisions, and for Telemundo, among others. She’s covered presidential coups, elections, the Olympics, both Iraq wars and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Her human-interest television series “Madres en la Lejanía” won an Emmy award for its depiction of Latina mothers working as undocumented nannies in the United States, while living with the consequences of having left their own children behind in search of a better life. Her original screenplay for HBO, “Good in Bed,” was a thesis on the life moments in which sex, love, identity, self, and society collide.  Anjanette is the author of The Heartbreak Pill (Simon and Schuster’s Atria Books, 2008 and 2009) and The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho (Kensington Publishing 2014 and Penguin Random House 2014).  She lives in Miami with her husband, Daniel, and her Mini Daschund, Chloe.

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