Books and how we say goodbye

We begin our goodbyes the night before,

inside The Alphabet Tree, inside branches

hanging words: “foliage”, “gale”, “peace”. The boys

rest inside the curl of us. Inside bedtime,

inside story, a bug with yellow wings

and lush green letters strung together.

On the bed, the baby, his heavy eyes

and full belly, my oldest, his glasses slip

to the tip of his nose. He reads aloud

jagged little sentences, turning pages

as his brother drifts inside a slow blink.

I miss him already. Monday seems far

away for him, for us. This is how we

say goodbye, inside stories, letters,

and green leaves. Beside each other, gathered

in words, the passing of time, and good night.

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Categories: Writing

4 Comments on “Books and how we say goodbye”

  1. October 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Sweet story.

    • October 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Thank you Stephanie. This saying goodbye happens over and over again (every other week when you share a child with another parent in a different home). I try to find ways to cope. Writing helps.

      • October 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

        I understand. I have two step children that we saw every other weekend when they were small. It was rough on my husband. Now that they are grown we see them even less. Good luck and will be praying for your writing if that helps.

      • October 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

        Often parenting in two different households, the sharing of a person, a little person seems impossible at times and certainly one of the most difficult things to do as a parent. I can only imagine what the pain must be like for the child who is shared by those parents. We try, we love, and we have time, and often that doesn’t feel like enough. We do the very best we can don’t we?

        Thank you for the prayers.

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