Enough Is Never by Naoko Fujimoto


“I will take the trash out,” he says.
The door closes in a small house.

Our hearts, like rhubarbs,
liquidate in a garbage disposal.

Magpies bring pieces from the glass company
adding more stones to the riverbank.

I glue my deodorant in his cabinet
because enough is never enough.

Hair upholsters my eyes on his sheets.
“Orange toenails,” he says.

I slip my feet under his thighs.

We hear her lively laugh—
a neighborhood girl raises her sunglasses

with freckles on her clavicles,
her white dress flares.


NAOKO FUJIMOTO was born and raised in Japan. Her first chapbook, Home, No Home, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Her second chapbook, Silver Seasons of Heartache, will be available soon by Glass Lyre Press.