Whitney G. Schultz

How to Write a Poem About Your Husband

Avoid clichés. Do not mention the sunlight
spilling across his windswept hair.

Do not mention the softness of his hands,
his too-long fingernails,

his apple cheeks or dark eyelashes.
You should not praise him or exalt

his form. Somehow, you must describe
the depth of his voice, the bass

of his chest canyon. Illuminate his scar—
the jagged pink streak along his torso,

how it looks like a trail of wax. Find
a way to make it beautiful, the scar, that detail

he hates. Think of all the ways
to describe your marriage that are not dull

or insipid. You are different, you think.
Find a way to detail your lunch in Venice,

how you hated the squid ink on his mouth,
the black spreading across his lips like a shadow.

Whitney Schultz

WHITNEY G. SCHULTZ earned her M.F.A. in poetry at UNC-Greensboro in 2011. Whitney currently lives outside Baltimore where she teaches creative writing and literature at a private school. Her flash fiction has appeared in One for One Thousand and SmokeLong Quarterly, and her poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in deLuge Journal, Atticus Review, Straightforward Poetry, Contemporary American Voices, and The Light Ekphrastic, among others.

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