“The Deepest Wound” by Susana H. Case

AJ Goldman | Rainstorm


The Deepest Wound

In Zimbabwe, I slipped off a ferry,

gouging my shin. For months,

my leg oozed

yellow, a gooey stigmata.


A sales clerk in a clothing store

approached me to ask

what had happened. I think he was

scared I had a disease,

would infect his store.

I will pray for you, he offered.


Someone already had: I could have

crushed my leg

between the boat and the dock,

been lost to crocodiles

in the Zambezi River.


Instead, I wear a scar

that looks like a man’s face.

I look at the man-face every day.

He’s fading.

He’s fading and I’m getting older.

Another year, and like

so many others,

this man, too, will be gone.



Susana H. Case’s newest book is 4 Rms w Vu (Mayapple Press, 2014). Author of four full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks, including The Scottish Café which was re-released in a Polish-English version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Opole University Press, she is a Professor at the New York Institute of Technology. http://iris.nyit.edu/~shcase/.

Irrigation Repair

Santa Fe Community College will be repairing irrigation lines at the central roundabout (the drop-off area by the flag poles) Monday, April 23 through Monday, April 30. During repairs, the roundabout will not be accessible. Please use other entrances into the main and West Wing parking lots. No parking areas will be affected. Please use caution when walking or driving in the vicinity. Thank you for your patience while we make improvements to campus.