Sara Hughes

After He Leaves

When you find yourself cooing to the window,
“Pretty please, Pretty please,”
in your most coy voice,
remember: this too will end,
and in the kitchen, a slice of watermelon
juicy as a mouth, begs to be bitten.

Sara Hughes earned a Ph.D. in English from Georgia State University in 2014, and she teaches literature and creative writing at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.