What can YOU say in six sentences?
The clock turns up its volume when you are not home and logs fall from their heap in the stove.
When I go outside the empty air says hi, trying to keep me company, trying to fill up the gap where you usually breathe.
I eat cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast, grind too many coffee beans for my lonely cup, and later when I sniff the air for bacon I only smell the lemon oil from my manic house cleaning, trying to wipe away the gone.
He can tell a story and knows when he has the right audience.
"So I went across the fence and rode through all of those cows and there was this little bull in there, still sucking on a cow with my brand and I just roped him right there, branded him, knocked his horns off, and drove my strays back through the fence.
When I got home I thought about the scene, doncha know... drag marks, fire, pieces of horn and nut sack... and, well, I thought I ought to call 'em…Continue
Pat was very good at smiling and since she worked in an orthodontist's office, she did it all day long with a smile that same orthodontist gave her years ago, and her nametag said "Pat" but she wished it said something more special... like Tricia, or Trish, or even Patty.
Pat got cheated out of motherhood when the sonogram showed twins, a boy and a girl, no need to try again, and they came out perfect, staring at her through intelligent eyes, and never really needed her at…Continue
The butterfly with wet paper wings can never return to the chrysallis, and the dragonfly can never crawl back inside the now too-small nymph.
No one can stuff the delicate-armed cotyledons back into the split seed coat or the antelope fawn back inside his safe mother's womb.
The peep, upon becoming cramped and hungry, destroys the perfect shell, and the baby hummingbirds rip the fragile nest when it can no longer contain their magnificent selves.