In Our Time

Among the living.

cute baby cow standing near rustic house in village

Sometimes, when it was hiding in our homeland, we would feel its aftermaths in succession, running our fingers along the seams of cracked earth. Means for making meaning, ever mutating, make new forms where the formers are buried. We move soil to make room for our dead. Seedlings, too––even then. 

We could not call it war until we survived it. In the meantime, it was living. It was diapers and babies, earaches and crackers and someone still had to milk the cows, walk the dogs, and soak the beans overnight. 

What did you do? They will ask us later. Possibly we will forget by then, how we folded laundry and clipped toenails. How sometimes, even then, someone would show up with a cake, and someone else would find plates. We would pass slices one at a time, among the living.

Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

One thought on “In Our Time”

  1. I hope that someday instead of fighting rancorous wars amongst ourselves, we would instead join hands to protect the already polluted Earth and prove that we DO have brains…. In the right sense. 🙁

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