Murder By Absorption

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Submitted: March 24, 2018

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MURDER BY ABSORPTION

By A. Guinevere Kern

Copyright, A. G. Kern 1987

 

Alonzo c-r-a-v-e-d Helen

Like an anticipated drug daze.

All equations equaled Helen - she was

The sole solution. Flower bulbs

Wouldn't sprout without her.

(But fisted knuckle-white under the humus, and

Developed her features on their papery hides).

Cedar withheld its fragrance until Alonzo

Chipped their gripped initials in the dark, bark scales.

Clouds blanched a stale sky rusting to night

In twilight his hawk's eye trained upon

Helen's wash-line wordings with a neighbor. Her

Scarfed head/auburn tendrils loose and wind-wild, 

Glossy lip gossip, fetching laundry and laughing.

Binoculars straddling his aquiline nose,

Doubled her image to sisters, thus seeing

Twinning smiles and dual noddings

(As twice the attention that should've been his!)

He cracked like a hard-boiled marble

The spy window-pane, pounding and howling

"Helen-wife! Come in! You're out too long!"

Oh, she was essential, essential, essential!

Transcending property or pleasure.

Steadily stropping, and wearing her spirit,

He adored her, then fully absorbed her,

Filling the flask of his lack with her essence,

Accrued even her shadow and deleted her presence . . . 

He coaxed auburn tendrils with softening hands

Welcomed his new self home in mirror.

The curtains sealed their lips over,

Alonzo's obscene transformation.

"For Sale By Owner" states the sign staked

Neatly by the mailbox, moated in periwinkle.

"An extremely nice woman showing the house,"

Chirped the potential neighbor newcomer.

"A shame her husband Alonzo passed on - a shame!

"And just look at those pansies, grown so large against the window!

"Never seen pansies with such eerie female faces.

And the colors! . . . protesting . . . . ANGRY!

Wrath-red, shocked purple-furor."

The result of chronic caring, or

The wages of . . . .consuming love?


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