Kari Halvorsen

Divided

A drop of sweat slides down her cheek,
Hugging the contours of her face,
Revealing ivory porcelain.
A wince and a limp
But she stands,
While the handle slips from her swollen palm.
To the left, a smooth paved road
That descends down a valley,
Crumbling to remnants of stones and pebbles.
To the right, a winding tractor trail
Runs up the hillside and swerves behind a crest.
Thick moist air slowly seeps into her lungs
As everything around her begins to fade,
Disappearing into darkness.
A bird wails, soaring through the trees.
Its darkness glides up the mountain
And is consumed by the sun.
She follows.




 

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