A Different Kind Of Christmas Tree
—My feet will want to
walk to where you are sleeping, but I
shall go on living—Pablo Neruda
One blink of an eye. One flutter. Eyelashes touching a
Open. Close. Open.
And before you can shut your eyes a second time…
Blackness sets in. Shadows arrive. The love of your life
has been shot three times in the head.
Life transforms. A
family torn apart. A world becomes
reduced to something you’ve never known or imagined.
Never in your most horrifying
After your murder, I faced darkness directly in the face.
I never turned away. I absorbed
Every. Single. Detail.
body on a breathing machine. The doctor of death giving us the news.
Brain Dead. Are
What does that mean? What the hell does that mean?
The preparation. The fucking preparation. It never ended.
The insignificant, idiotic, monotonous preparation.
The ironing of salmon colored shirts for the pall
bearers. Sitting with the gray haired man discussing the ceremony. How many
seats will we need? Do you want cake or cookies? Coffee or punch?
I don’t give a shit.
Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.
Observing your shell within a shiny brown casket.
Emptiness. Hollowness. A soul removed. A flower left out.
You were beautiful. You were always the beautiful one.
I ordered the autopsy report. I want to know, needed to
know everything the son-of-a-bitch did to you.
You had a bruise on her right arm. You still had the
remnants of bullets stuck inside your head.
You had three caesareans.
A scar on your left ear. Brown eyes. Brown highlighted hair. A strong back. Flawless lungs.
Then you left me.
I’ve heard people actually die of broken hearts.
If so, why am I still living, breathing, walking,
working, eating, celebrating Christmas, loving?
It’s been 948 days since your murder.
Sometimes I find it unbelievable, unbearable,
incomprehensible that my heart still beats.
But it does. It
And sometimes I feel bursts of joy—eruptions of
Sometimes I actually believe I’ll be able to live without
Kay’s Christmas Tree at Oneota Cemetery
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Love Love Love
—–I also ask that you pray ceaselessly for the 27 shooting victims of Sandy Hook. Our country can never go back to where it was
after that kind of evil.