B is for Broken

A-Z Challenge:

She was broken.

Her husband of 40 years had died, collapsed while mowing the lawn on a muggy August day, and she broke.

She did not shatter like a glass dropped onto her kitchen tile floor, but broke gradually. Cracking first, like her ceramic garden pot she left out all winter. To fall apart, into jagged pieces later – after the services. After the condolences. When she should have been tossing out all the funeral flowers, wilted, hanging their faded heads. In a grief as superficial as all the “I’m so sorry for your loss” Hallmark cards lined up on the mantel.

No, there was nothing jagged and broken in the ceremonial. Only in the afterwards – in the daily which refused to deviate from the usual mundane, of his razor still fully charged on the bathroom sink. His toothbrush in its stand. When those jagged broken edges of the broken flower pot cut into her hands and she felt a rush of relief in the physical pain.

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15 Responses to B is for Broken

  1. You expressed it so well. Perfect.

  2. Karen says:

    Loved this post. It seems this story has been happening to a number of my family and friends over the past couple of years and this post really touched my heart.

  3. I can’t imagine how she feels, but you expressed it well and my empathy for her is strong.

  4. Fairview says:

    Visiting from A-Z challenge. Very evocative. Great writing!

  5. Sad story. Good expression of pain and being broken.
    Debra
    #1403

  6. Elaine says:

    Wow! That was emotive, and beautifully written.

  7. Sue says:

    Very nice especially the last line.

  8. Beverly says:

    Very dark piece, the dawning of psychological distress at the end there especially so.

  9. Tea says:

    This is something I can fully understand, and your words are perfect.

  10. Hi Sandra
    Thanks for commenting on my blog and good to meet you as well.

  11. Trisha says:

    Aw, such a sad story. Great writing!

  12. I love the simplicity with which you describe her emotional state without overdoing it. I’m coming back for more!!

  13. steph says:

    Wow, this got to me remembering my mother’s death. Very moving.

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