Farewell to Esmee

Farewell to Esmee              April 23, 2022

Dear ______ & ______,

Thank you for buying our trailer. You seem like very nice people, and I know how much you wanted her. We wish you all the joy and great fun that we have had while owning her.

     I must apologize for my unwillingness to store her for any more time than necessary. You see, we didn’t want to sell our trailer. She was perfect for us in every way. We, like many others, are victims of a greedy city bureaucracy that was going to force us to either pay to store her while still making payments on her or spend upwards of 3 thousand dollars to modify our home so we could store her on the opposite side of our property. So, we decided selling her was the most sensible option under the circumstances and given our lack of recent use. That said, it was still heartbreaking.

     The only thing harder than seeing her parked in her usual spot while knowing she no longer belonged to us was looking at the vacant space she once occupied after you drove away.

     Yesterday we received a letter from the city saying they are pausing the enforcement of their off-street parking policy and will revisit it at a later date, no doubt due to the angry public backlash. Perhaps we were too quick to comply? None of this is meant in any way to make you feel bad. Ultimately, we still feel the right decision was made in the long run. I just wanted you to understand my hesitancy earlier regarding the pickup date. We wish you all the camping happiness your hearts can stand. Take good care of our baby… your baby now.

Sincerely,

The Hearts

Birch Switches, Twine, and Crayfish

Twinkles in azure blue cemented your resolution…

So off we went in search of the perfect pieces of timber

that fashioned with some string would later become our poles…

Another grand adventure would find us at the water’s edge,

you baiting my string with precision as I watch in awe…

wondering if this is really going to work?

Soft breezes ripple the water,

your face is round with anticipation and excitement

and it’s contagious!

Fate smiles upon me first much to your surprise and wonder?

Like a drill sergeant you order me pull him in! pull him in!!!!

And in one fell swoop adulation and exaltation

give way to anger, scorn and condemnation…

When to my horror and squeals,

the alien thing with pinchers at the end of my line

drops back into the water and scurries under a rock!

Your face softens with compassion and then laughter

I was after all a girl…

Fate was laughing too

as we filled our bucket with your creepy crawly delights…

the day you taught me to fish. 

(For Billy)

Winds of Discord

The winds of discord are warm, arid, and empty;

Like the vacancy of places long since abandoned where the only thing louder than the silence is the eerie rustling of things left unsettled…

Unlike the fresh cool breezes of spring or the invigorating first flurries of winter these tepid dusty winds offer no comfort as they fail to lift and carry away the heaviness on my heart.

©Dani

Nov 15, 2021