“Honestly, I’m tired of him being such a bitch,”
she said. Perhaps it was the edge of the words
cutting the meaning in two. The core–misunderstanding–was
just that. Her words echoed over
one-hundred-and-sixty miles and cleanly wiped
the smiles off of those
her beloved had left behind for the sake
of being a heart-hungry fool. Sacrifice
in vain; the lamb left to rot.
The paradigm of bird-meets-bird was never
so clear as it was
laying about in the apple-green grass. But Spring started to fade, the buds sprouted and
shriveled. Perhaps Autumn should always be the time of atonement for the sin
of being less-than-frugal with happiness–especially when the leaves
are exquisitely more vibrant and green than my young mother’s thumb.
And maybe, as the buds sputter and crawl back into their gnarled,
twisted branches of mothers, so too do I.