Vanessa Young is the executive director of an arts organization in New Jersey. Her work has appeared recently in
20x20 magazine, The Monarch Review, Phantom Kangaroo, and Short, Fast, and Deadly.
I have made peace with the widow who will
forget all customs. There will be nothing
habitual about the days when you are gone
except the pondering of theories. Grossly
un-cloistered, I will wonder if you rush
toward omniscience or linger in the calculable
order, if, finding that I become indistinguishable
from all else, you will crawl toward grace,
spit when you learn the reasons.