thoughts on October
It’s October again and the sun is weak. I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing. Does
I see myself in the fawn. They don’t know what’s coming. If there is a God, I hope She is
a kind one: She who knows all, who plays people and places and promises like dice,
who gently ushers the does and their babies across a chasm of asphalt before the four
thousand pound hunk of metal hurtling towards them at a hundred miles an hour,
ravenous for their delicate bones and pastry-thin skin, can gorge itself on the waiting
and the innocent.
I feel older than my mother. She was a Buddhist. At least I think she was. Her parents
were, but I know better than anyone that we are not our mothers. I unpack religion on
the grimy turf behind the bleachers of my suburban high school, and I understand.
Belief is reassurance. Someone else is in control. Someone else is on your side.
Someone else knows what’s best, even if you can’t see it just yet. I understand. But I
He said he was religious. He said rules were made to be broken.
My hands linger on the nape of his neck. My thoughts linger on last spring’s pink
cheeks under powder-pink bed sheets. Sometimes I think about how precious &
pitiful it all used to be.
I don’t want it. I want it more than anything. I tell him to stop.
I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.
Have you heard the story of the Little Match Girl? The cruelty of the immovable
universe has suspended my subconscious for as long as I can remember. If the purity of
a little girl selling warmth on a cold winter street can be ignored, what does God have in
store for me?
In the in-between before I surrender to the fog of sleep, I wonder what I’d see in
my flames. There’s so much I still want.
Would I see Her face? Or would it just be the last flickers of a blackening
dying and going and gone?