Restless Day After
A Nickelodeon version of Cinderella plays in the family room. Bella, our neighbor’s golden retriever, barks at a passing dog and walker. The pine-scented aroma from our freshly mopped tile floor reaches the living room. Mira rests on our fading cream love seat. I watch her miss filly T-shirt rise and fall with each breath.
Just yesterday I laid a rose on the stainless steel casket holding my 27-year-old cousin.
still maple leaves
gravediggers raking that
fresh pile of dirt
more by FRANK J. TASSONE
photograph by May MantriHire An Editor