TELEGRAM TO MY HUSBAND THE MORNING AFTER

             I TOLD YOU STOP     STOP    I TOOK 
             AN AMBIEN LAST NIGHT    STOP
MIGRAINES    STOP    WHAT
WERE YOU THINKING   STOP    THAT
YOU WOULD SLIP IN      STOP     LIKE A DIVER   
STOP     WITHOUT A SPLASH
                              END REPORT

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Shelly Stewart Cato holds an MFA from Sewanee School of Letters. She won the 2021 Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize for Poetry and was a finalist for Rattle’s 2020 Poetry Prize. Work is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Washington Square Review, and New Ohio Review. She writes near the Warrior River in Walker County, Alabama. She is passionate about genre bending and short forms, blurring lines between truth and imagination.