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On Thursdays

Mikki Aronoff

We old women on Thursdays go. Hand in hand we go. On Thursdays to bingo our bones do go. To daub and gossip and donut in church basements. To pinch toddlers smearing grape

jelly on stockinged legs under tables. To pinch and smack toddlers and gossip and donut

and daub and ogle the green-eyed caller. To escape our dry men’s moans we go. To forget

our children who’ve already left home. The children, the donuts we sigh. They’re gone,

we go. To jump the gun, blackout, and split the pot we go.

Mikki Aronoff’s work appears in New World Writing, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Tiny Molecules, The Disappointed Housewife, Bending Genres, Milk Candy Review, Gone Lawn, Mslexia, The Dribble Drabble Review, The Citron Review, Atlas and Alice, trampset, jmww, and elsewhere. She’s received Pushcart, Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, Best American Short Stories, and Best Microfiction nominations.

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