“spirit of the one” (poem)

sitting at the checkerboard wood table

near the black microwave with the dial timer

its front covered with fingerprints

its left side reflecting the light from the living room lamps

those beams bouncing off the giant mirror made from the sliding glass doors

showing the reflections of three girls

each given three lemon crème sandwich cookies to enjoy for an after dinner

snack

 

one sat quietly pulling each cookie apart carefully

the top of the placemat as a guide

she made two parallel lines

the top row for crème

the bottom row specifically for dunking into a warming glass of whole milk

meanwhile a mother having decided to leave and joined by an unknown companion

made repeated trips from the broken home to his truck

carrying all of her stuff unknown to anyone

accidentally crammed in those cardboard boxes

smothered in the crevices between cherished bric-a-brac and bubble wrap

was the spirit of the one

spirit of the one 1 - "spirit of the one" (poem)

her confidence trust

ability to easily imagine and to dream

except for licking that top row of cookies her mouth stayed shut

maybe it was pride

or perhaps nihilistic acceptance that things wouldn’t turn out any other way

so even as the threshold was crossed for the last time

and the mother gave an over the shoulder good-bye

the one didn’t dare say what her heart was screaming

it seemed any words said would have no impact

she never once even left her dining room seat.

 

Cheers
Terimarie Degree

Terimarie Degree

Terimarie Degree is a mid-west residing poet and children's writer. She grew up the child to a naval officer living everywhere from southern California to unique locales such as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These experiences have supplied reflections that cover an assortment of topics in her writing from faith, family, relationships and coming of age in the 1980s.
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Terimarie Degree is a mid-west residing poet and children’s writer. She grew up the child to a naval officer living everywhere from southern California to unique locales such as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These experiences have supplied reflections that cover an assortment of topics in her writing from faith, family, relationships and coming of age in the 1980s.