Rhéa Ess

Mistress of the Wife

Mistress of the wife
does that cut like a knife?
probably but on a concrete heart
does it still scratch a mark?
it ought not to
it better not
play not with fire
you’re a burnt child already
in a soggy quagmire.

let lines run
let lines intersect
can’t find easy answers
in a heart dissect -
summer comes summer goes
garrison yourself with arrows and bows;
someone’s unlearning, another’s lesson
for once, for now, for life
the played mistress and the playful wife.

Rhéa Ess is a 25 year old writer based in Switzerland. She grew up in India and is 'out' to her parents and close friends. Apart from writing, she loves travelling. Otherwise she is finishing off her doctoral studies in history.