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At the End of the Visible Spectrum

Red vibrates so slowly,
one has to fret.  My retina stretched
to reach the garnet glass
on the table with the ruby cloth.
I was thirsty and felt
if I could drink maybe
it would be cranberry juice
or tomato juice with a splash of honest
vodka from communist 
Russia.  All the working girls 
prefer it to the devils who own them.

Jennifer Martelli's work has appeared in Spry Literary Journal, Tar River Poetry, burntdistrict, A Narrow Fellow, and Right Hand Pointing. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is an associate editor for The Compassion Project: An Anthology, and lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her family.