A Cornered Gurl
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A Cornered Gurl

Winter Always Comes to Whidbey

A Cornered Gurl Challenge: Haibun A Heart

One of the last good weather days on Whidbey Island. Image by Author’s wife, Erin. Used with permission.

I asked her point-blank what she wanted for her birthday because although levity and love seem to be my heart’s lifeblood, I’m lacking in sentimentality and in gifting people things they could easily get for themselves. We see each other exclusively every day, whether we both like it or not, and though I can’t speak for her, I’m mostly okay with it.

We’ve already shared hopes, dreams, and bank accounts. We’re even more joined at the hip as ever due to this year’s unrelenting quarantine and well, I’m quite stumped when it comes to gifting material items that carry symbolic meaning during a global pandemic. I know; #FirstWorldProblems, right?

But yeah, mental health and suffering is all relative, and whatnot and so forth, and so back to the point, I asked her point-blank what she wanted this year. Wanna know what she said? She replied that she wanted a new condo or a villa or even her own private island in the Hawaiian chain, or hey, why not a piece of New Zealand since they seem to have their quarantine protocol in order, right? Anyplace but here.

We compromised, and she took a ferry over to Whidbey Island for a day trip alone to gather rocks for her art collection and clear her head. When she returned, I held her as she finished sobbing herself raw. I may have the order mixed up, but you get the idea.

sun barely rises
fall shadows brace for winter
flannel resists chill

One of the last good weather days on Whidbey. Image by Author’s wife, Erin. Used with permission.

Written for A Cornered Gurl Challenge: Haibun A Heart, hosted by my friend, collaborator, and the one name I never tire of name-dropping when asked to name an original literary artist, the inimitable Tremaine L. Loadholt.

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