MUD I' This is spring's grim silk-- mud, and a love deep enough to swim or drown or bathe or be born in. My cat is gone, my tearful sleeve, my lazy one. How long? This is the exchangeable merchandise of love-- wild garUc, broken glass, a hubcap in the mud. My cat, I see, has been here. Her French mittens in the ditch, but she's gone on. How far? This open field between malignant and benign. God is up there watching someone crucified. Oh, not His only son. Not mine. Not my husband, father, me. God is watching someone He never noticed before get nailed to something He'd mistaken for a telephone pole. Tonight I'U place a plastic cup of peas, a small fork, a piece of cheese, and my 180 · The Missouri Review whole life like a shield of fragrant vapor--weightless, shifting-- before the only one in this world whose loss I couldn't endure. Once, I drank a spoonful of perfume. And the cat, the cafs a detail--crooked, impatient, sweet and also gone somewhere, I know and loathe it, somewhere killed or weeping, lost or never noticed by a very near-sighted God. I wanted to
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1999
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