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Jose Padua: Walking to Prospect Hill and Back on These Still Slow Days of Spring

Although my wife takes her walks
up the road to Prospect Hill Cemetery
I stay down on the straight and flat
gray sidewalk of Main Street. There’s
something about the steep hill that’s
too formidable, reminds me of long
lasting pain, and the green and stone
of the graves and the grief that surrounds
every plot and space fills me more with
sadness than peace on early mornings
when my blood has yet to waken me.
She heads up the hill while I ease up
like a slow day off from work and turn
the corner on High Street back toward
our house, then sit on the front porch
to wait. I’m two decades past those
days when I could walk for hours and
hours and hardly feel an ache or trace
of sweat on my brow under cool spring
skies, but what’s astonishing is this:
the way young birds emerge from
oddly speckled eggs, how stars appear
where there once was only mist and
heavy space, and the disappearance
of time during what’s now the light labor
of waiting for my wife to come down
from the hill and the Earth to spin,
our days growing warmer, our nights
shorter as we cross paths with every-
thing that lives and breathes or flies.


Copyright 2017 Jose Padua
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Photograph by Jose Padua

3 comments on “Jose Padua: Walking to Prospect Hill and Back on These Still Slow Days of Spring

  1. mdjahidhossen
    June 12, 2019

    awesome

    Liked by 1 person

  2. singsharon
    June 4, 2019

    Wow. This one is a gem. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. mdjahidhossen
    June 4, 2019

    Beautiful

    Liked by 2 people

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