3 birds 1 suicide

She dragged from her bed,
sagged to the kitchen.
She sighed at the cat,
then sat with her flakes.

She had a headache
(always did lately).
It just never stopped.
So (flakes flushed) she dressed.

She moved in Dad’s house
after mamma died –
left her life (friends, job)
to cook, scrub, keep up
appearances while
he played, jeered, ignored
(like Earth’s turning or
leaves falling or death’s
shocking constancy
go mostly ignored).

She started her car
inside the garage.
Relaxed she waited.
Gas and time ran out.

Mike came in the front,
dropped off after darts.
No smell of supper . . . .
(Right. No smell at all.

No reason to think
his cat might be dead
on the cool tile floor
or that his whole house
could still be filled by
lingering poison.)
Reclined he waited
watching loud TV.
His breath fell silent,
expired. The phone rang.

About Cheri L. Jones

As a young woman, teetering from a failed suicide, shattered by a lifetime of domestic abuse and sexual violence, Cheri Jones arrived in Asheville, North Carolina, the place where she would build a life of quiet solitude. Now a mature woman, staring down an age she never dreamed of reaching, and having thoughtfully examined her experiences over time, Cheri has developed her distinctly southern voice as a writer and poet. In childhood she created stories to cope with the realities of physical and emotional abuse. Now she strives to share the struggles of countless others by translating ugliness into art. Her poetry is fresh and unexpected. Cheri’s aim is to gently guide you through a scary place. Even when shining light on dark situations she reminds us of the ever hopeful power in active choice. She writes from her very real life. She imbues characters with her own heartfelt emotion. She trusts her personal truths to connect with her readers. With the poems on her blog Stimuli, Cheri concentrates her intuitive perception and clever wit on subjects as diverse as a cat’s inner life and the foibles of aging. She writes with a passion for nature and with a penchant for the music of southern conversation. Cheri’s work has been featured in Rapid River Arts Magazine, in the anthology Clothes Lines, and in Western North Carolina Woman. She publishes her newest poems on her blogs: proximity, Stimuli, and Violations.
This entry was posted in stimuli. Bookmark the permalink.