Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sparse Life in a Pale Cottage

In deference to the environment, she stops using her car.
In deference to the environment, she stops paying her gas bill.
In deference to the environment, she stops paying her electricity bill.

(After ignoring the FINAL DEMANDS they cut her off)

The cooking is done on a wood stove in the front room.
The chairs are church hard, the rugs removed.

In deference to the environment, she stops burning wood.
In deference to the environment, she starts eating raw food.

The weather turns.
Her health declines.
The children stop visiting –
citing hard chairs as the reason.

Her friends stop calling.
If they do, she hides
in a backroom
not knowing
her shadow paints
the bare floor.

environment, mary, environment, mary




3 comments:

  1. her footprint still exists by her shadow.
    this poses so many questions and so much empathy
    for mary.

    ~robert

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  2. that is sad, Jonathan
    very, very sad :(((

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  3. Thanks Robert. Yes, I hadn't thought of it, but the footprint does indeed still exist. I do very much empathise with mary.

    Thanks for reading, Tane. It is sad. Fortunately, although not written about here, the story does have a happy continuation. Melancholic that I am, I focussed on the gloomy part.

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