Just One More day

They’d go for these walks out in the woods…long walks through pine needles…old dead leaves…weeds comin’ up to their thighs…treaded over memories from when they were kids and they used to play out there in the deep forest…far away from everything…couldn’t hear momma callin’ em…nor the traffic goin’ up and down the stretch of highway along 24…they’d been walkin’ these woods for a real long time…

And they’d see these animals out there…deer…raccoons…chipmunks…find carcasses of dogs that’d ran away from home…just like they’d thought of doin’ a time or two…leavin’ this small town behind in search of somethin’ bigger…like out in Hollywood or New York City…Chicago…they’d talk of these adventures that never took place…they just stayed in that small town forever…scared to go off and see what it was like anywhere else…

They finished high school and took jobs…he wound up workin’ at the steele company while she was a cashier at the grocery store…she was real pretty back then and he knew he’d better make his move or some other man would…so…he asked her to marry him one night with a ring he’d bought at the local pawn shop…small diamond…small ring…fit her hand just right…she was real happy…asked her that spring and by winter they were hitched…

Kept tryin’ to have kids…never took place…they’d lost a couple of em…miscarriages…they’d try and try…it never took hold…left her lonely inside…had this void that he couldn’t fill…he’d buy her things…tell her how wonderful she was…until after awhile it’d stopped…the young man was gettin’ older…gettin’ hard inside while she became more and more distant…got to the point where they wouldn’t talk at all…made em wonder what they were doin’ with each other…regrets were startin’ to pile up…blame was placed by both of em…but mostly they just kept quiet…a quiet marriage where no one said a word anymore…just silence…

They’d go for these walks out in the woods…amongst pine needles and dead leaves…they didn’t remember the past anymore…didn’t talk about a future…they just walked…and they’d walk until the sun went down…head back home where there were dishes to wash and newspapers to be read…she’d go to her bed and he’d go to his…seperate rooms…seperate lives…

Yesterday the president got impeached…life went on…neither one cared…it didn’t effect em in the least…just one more day of bein’…just one more day…what did it matter to them…

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