Worst Case Scenario

It’s unlike you to sleep so late
to be silent past 7 a.m.
to forget to wish me a good day
and remind me you love me
with those exact words
and a plump red heart emoji
before you haul your body
even farther away from me
to go to work
so my instinct
is to imagine the worst—
to imagine you unresponsive
in your bed
or face down in the garden
after you tripped over the fence
or maybe
you are bleeding heavily
after the chainsaw
came down through your thigh
instead of the dead ash tree
you’ve been meaning to clear away
or maybe
you choked in the raspberry patch
trying to beat the raccoons
to your harvest
or maybe
you are tired of me after all this time
and need a break from my love
which might have smothered you.

 

 

 

DeMaris
6-17-17

 

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