Lisa Glatt & David Hernandez


Paul Newman and the rest of them
are in a hurry. A mile away, the couple
listens to the whirring of the cars.
He says, It sounds like a swarm of bees,

his head resting on the cushion of her belly.
She thinks of racing, how speed
had calmed her the night she believed
she was pregnant, the road a black snake

slithering under her Jetta. She arrived
home early, didn't tell him she was late,
and swallowed her secret with a glass of wine
the color of blood. It sounds like the swarm

is heading our way, he says. It is,
she says, and imagines the net
of insects thrown over her body,
her stomach swollen from just one sting.