Cooking with Turmeric

chloe n. clark



We do not mean to stain 

our skin, only later

notice the golden hues 

to our fingertips, palms


as we rinse our hands 

under ice water, and you 

lean into me, say we’re



In years, I will have


even the precise way you

spoke—each word always

perfectly enunciated, but


I will remember 

this moment, how

the kitchen lights glint

off our skin and the lines

of our palms stand out

so distinctly


The stains

wash away eventually,

but for awhile, our hands


such clear fortunes




Chloe N. Clark's work appears in ApexGlassHobartUncanny, and more. Her chapbook The Science of Unvanishing Objects is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She can be found on Twitter @PintsNCupcakes or at