Truant: Rear View
Susan Terris

Truant: Rear View

She is eleven, alone, slumped in a stiff black chair
at a black table facing a blank gray wall.

On the table a white china cup. Her hair is shoulder-
length, greasy, and her back has fragile, delicate

wings, visible because she's been stripped naked.
Even her bare butt is visible. But she will not

break, even though she knows he's coming for her.
Out the open door, she hears him knifing willow

whips over by Goose-Eye Creek. Soon he will be here.
She grabs the cup, throws and smashes it against

the wall. Might as well earn what she will get.
Soon he will bend her over the black chair. She will

be mute, unresponsive, will not reward him as she
begins to plot her revenge.

Susan Terris

is the author, most recently, of Take Two: Film Studies (Omnidawn), Memos (Omnidawn), and Ghost of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems (Marsh Hawk Press). Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Pushcart Prize XXXI, and Best American Poetry 2015. She was editor of Spillway Magazine and is a poetry editor of Pedestal Magazine.