An Expression of Dried Flowers

by Richard King Perkins II

 

After a year, the separation ended so she had a yard sale

and sold all the trappings of her brief independence.

She gave up her lover

and her tiny apartment

and went back to the stately pillared home

her husband had built for them.

It was for the good of the child, they both agreed.

 

Months later, the returned wife realized

her memory box had disappeared

somewhere in the shuffle,

like a grey tooth beneath her pillow.

Gone were the dried flowers, drawings and stories,

and the little glass bottles

she’d kept since she was twelve.

The recent love letters,

she had destroyed on her own.

 
 
 

i would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only i would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary Copyright 2015, J. Spahr-Summers
 
 
 
 

If she suspected her husband, she never said.

The wife merely forced herself to smile

and enjoy all the trappings of comfortable servitude,

simpering like his time-worn basset hound

crouched in front of the fireplace.

 

Months earlier, as he tossed her memory box

into a construction lot dumpster,

the husband hadn’t recognized

that most of the dried flowers

were ones he’d given her

 

and this was why she had left him in the first place.

 
 
 

©Copyright 2015, Richard King Perkins II

RICHARD KING PERKINS II - [Read Full Bio] is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vicki and daughter, Sage. He is a three time Pushcart nominee and Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in, The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Two Thirds North and hundreds of others...


 
[Featured]Digital Art / Photography Image Credit: i would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only i would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary by J. Spahr-Summers, ©2015
 

 

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