The Guitar Player's Wife
She could not understand what he was still doing alive.
She glared at him and said, "I wanted you to vanish into the box-spring once I had gone."
The courtyard is silent
until a screen door opens and kids burst forth screaming to play tag
it is like watching a building give birth
She always listened to his fingers plucking at the strings
and it seemed almost insect-like
the arch and jerky movements of his fingers
like something substantially small
working its way through an over-grown landscape.
A huge puzzle piece of cloud drifted by overhead
she tilted her head up to the area where she felt that the sun should be
only there was no sun, there was never a sun.
She opened all of the windows because it was supposed to cool down that night
and he climbed in, took his place next to her, and neither of them ever woke up again.
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