By G. Zhou
Posted on February 1, 2024
Cover Image Title: You Want Life and Death
Cover Image by: Mattia Magnatta
Specifications: Resized from 4032 px X 3024 px
Location of Creation: Rancho Palos Verdes, California
She stared out the door. The yard was old (new to her) and the fence showed
Signs of aging — fatigue, for one, she guessed. The fence surrounded
Fragrant-smelling grass, cut fresh, shaved closely
But never as deep or smooth as her own once was.
Eyes roving, she noticed this tired fence held
Weeds, too, snaking and spreading from a path in the far right corner,
Ill with blooms.
Those red-flowered weeds born in summer dotted the ground
Like pricks of blood borne from metal.
Hm, she noted.
Something to uproot in the future.
A young woman returns to her home after being kept in the hospital for cancer treatment. Although she initially sees everything in a different light, in the end, she realizes her newfound freedom and strives to move forward with her life.
[Writing Editor: An anonymous contributor]