Sandra Kolankiewicz My neighbor Maggie calls me up this frozen morning. I have been heating only the back rooms of the trailer, my bedroom and study, and when I part my way through the plastic that shuts off the rest of my home, I can see the telephone on the cold kitchen table, its ring vibrating the delicate salt and pepper shakers, silver pond at the bottom. The deer gather there, and in the morning the sunlight crests the ridge and shines upon the cut crystals that hang above my sink, throwing rainbows around my walls. And while the other end of my trailer offers a view of Maggie's kitchen, out her bedroom is a red oak that somehow survived wedding trinkets that have remained with me in spite of the divorce. the turn of the century clear-cutting. All summer long her bedroom is cool, while mine bakes. phone go in the only two trailers out on forever; she knows I am home. We live light slant, and every time the phone rings the shakers make a tinny sound and slide closer to the edge. I almost wait to watch them fall. Maggie will let the this two
Appalachian Heritage – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 8, 1991
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