Sunday, 26 April 2020

How Does it End?

by Tova Hinda Siegel

Ants lay dead on the floor 
in my friend’s bedroom.
Her skirt is grey, or maybe black.  
She can’t tell.

No zipper can make the fit
though it moves 
back and forth
and the cows cross the road
in the attempt.

Moths settle on the inviting wool.
beyond youth and rainbow.
Time and sound invite me 
to review the moon’s red halo,
settling into the night 
of swirling wind.

Before their death
they marched around and back
and I think of friends
up and down, in and out
of my life, moving in concentric circles, 
diaphanous, though a glass of wine
would keep them,
would hold them still, 
keep them from sliding,
keep them from drifting into the circle
before the drift of drifting pulls
like the gravity of a black hole
and fills till empty, 
with a speed rivaling light
or death 
or breakfast eggs.

The cry of the mother dove deprived
of her fledgling, echoes in the hollow.  
Feathers, beak and dead still open eye,
I bury it in the garden.

The nest stays empty but for an occasional
visit from the father
who never settles but stands vigilant on the edge.
Then he too leaves.

The ants become dust
only to be swept
into the same dirt 
that holds the days dead dove
safe from hungry flies wanting
food for their maggot offspring.

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Tova Hinda Siegel’s work has appeared in Salon.comI’ll Take Wednesdays, On The Bus, and several anthologies.  She holds a BA from Antioch University and an MS from USC. A midwife, cellist, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Tova has studied with Jack Grapes, Tresha Faye Haefner, and Taffy Brodesser-Akner. A mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Tova and her husband live in Los Angeles.

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