She knows. I’m floating, dreaming, basking in the quiet. I forget that lawn mowers, power drills, kid’s riding three-wheelers up plywood ramps, are screaming into my quiet. I block them out. In my world, I hear the fat-bellied-bumble bee at the all-you-can-eat, slurping down the jasmine….the moth in her nightgown taking out the trash….the wind... talking sign language.... hands moving furiously through the trees…..
But, Georgia hears them.
From miles and miles away.
Hears them put on their suits and load their gear. Climb into the truck, Flip the switch.
And she bellows, the most pathetic heart wrenching howl.
She crouches on the deck and cries, neck stretched mannequin-tight to the sky, and belts out…..
The saddest opera.
And then I know.
It’s not a ticket-taker chasing a 16 year old taking the car to the store for bread.
My heart stops.
My child, it could be my child.
I crank my car everyday.
I never hear it turn over, lunge with life.
I hear the Rolling Stones.
Or whoever will get me through the day.
But I can’t hear that,
The siren song.
I drive on…..
I crossed the bridge today. The very bridge I’ve dreamed about tearing down. Swimming under. Climbing over. The very bridge I pass everyday, music blasting, barely rolling. Parked in the early morning traffic, I was at the top of the ferris wheel and could see it all. The end of the world.
Thank God, the music was blaring…..
Or I might have bellowed….
Neck stretched mannequin-tight to the sky……
Pray, people, pray….