“Ascension” by Martha Rhodes

Rose, the mother,
as her child rose,
up into the trees,
with her shattered child.

In her arms, the bifurcated child.
“Don’t go, don’t go,” cries
of the husband. “Don’t
Leave me. I can’t bear it,”

though surely he could
come if he wanted,
she thought, he could
will himself up, up, to join

them, his small family.
John! But there he stands,
smaller and smaller. “Look
darling child, there’s your father.

Now shut your eyes and forget him.”


Originally published in Provincetown Arts Magazine


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