Strength

One,

the monitor beeped

then flat; this

was after he

regurgitated purple

blood over her

white dress.

Two,

the ride home

eight hours in a

car with her son’s

cadaver. the bumpy

roads made her white

hair hit the ceiling

more than

once

Three,

at a back pew, her

grandson’s eulogy

for a dead dad

and an unspoken

goodbye. she shuffled

out, after everyone

left.

all,

no words, no

tears. a dim

joke to ease,

a smile with

broken teeth,

child unseen,

no more the

care, the late

night talks,

early jogs.

next day,

she opened

her store

and smiled

at little

boys who

bought

candies —

but deep inside

was she with

her son, dead?

————–

CARD DRAWN:

VIII – STRENGTH

THIS IS THE TAROT CHALLENGE, a 78-day writing challenge where everyday I pick out a random card from my tarot deck and write something about, against, inspired by, based on the card by the day’s end. The works can range from poetry to fiction to drama. When the card is from the major arcana, the title of the work should be the card name. When the card is from the minor arcana, the title can be different but the card drawn should be revealed at the end.

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