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Imaginary Love Song
For A Very Real Girl

On Sunday I was tired of being a mother. I wanted
someone to take over; to wipe my daughters'
faces, replace my son's quick mouth with a silk
blue bow. After dinner, I snuck off and hid in the
basement. I pretended to be your sister. I imagined
your small feet padding the stairs, your sugary
body wrapped in flannel. It was Christmas Eve,
and I'd stolen the presents from under the sharp
pine tree. And I was tucked behind the stack. It
was my birthday and I was tired of seeing presents
with other peoples' names on them. And I heard
you on the other side of the foil Santas and holly
berry leaves, and I could even hear you smiling
(because your heart always joins in) and it is a
sound that I can only imagine was the sound I
heard when I was still inside my mother. When all
I could do was sleep and dream and dream of her--
my mother--who was strong enough to leave me.
You must have heard what I was thinking, because
instead of dismantling the gift pile, you squirreled
your way behind it. And the thirty-three candles in
my heart lit up and we laid together, cold and
shining. Two soft spoons in a welcome dark.


The above loveliness was sent to me on my birthday and I spontaneously combusted.
Poet, mother, shaman, zebracorn, Rachel Mckibbens, [livejournal.com profile] lowhumcrush, my faithful wife in a previous life, the apple of my eye, the heat of my night, the raider of my lost arc has finally released a book, Pink Elephant, which is available for purchase here. My copy came in today, and I have to take the pages at intervals, it is so potent and haunting and tragically beautiful. You should have it, to test your heart out.

Date: 2009-11-18 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sofarfrom78.livejournal.com
Holy hell, that was Beautiful. I'm all over this! Thanks for the heads up!

Date: 2009-11-18 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
you are very welcome. she is too exquisite not to show off.

Date: 2009-11-18 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devronika.livejournal.com
ah, that is gorgeous.

Date: 2009-11-18 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
ah know! girl is just drippin with gorgeous.

Date: 2009-11-18 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] disorganization.livejournal.com
yay & <3! I am ordering one now!!

Date: 2009-11-18 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
\m/

there is even a photo on the back cover where you can look deeply into her eyes! - fangirl

do it to it buster prewitt

Date: 2009-11-18 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
THAT WOULD PROBABLY ONLY PLAY UP HER LUSCIOUS POUT.


i try to tone down my urge to go on about that lady. i'm creepy 4 her.

Date: 2009-11-19 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tuckova.livejournal.com
My copy is coming so slowly I think it is swimming across the ocean, but thank you for reminding me that it is worth the wait.

Date: 2009-11-19 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
it really is!
i stayed up night before last til 1am reading it.

Date: 2009-11-19 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tuckova.livejournal.com
Anne Ticipation!

yes yes

Date: 2009-11-20 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dfleming.livejournal.com
this book rocks - i just got mine - you put words to my thoughts

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