her last day

she did not know
when she left teacup in sink
mauve lipstick on rim
grabbed fleece jacket
rushed out door
smelled sunshine
after rain
drove by vineyards
horses, lambs
she did not know —
when she greeted friends
put purse in drawer
kicked off pumps
booted up PC
she did not know —
when she heard shrieks
she did not know
heard stampeding
did not know
ran to hallway
did not know
saw rifle, aimed
did not know —
even then
she did not know
today would be
her last day




Laura McHale Holland
March 10, 2018



Photo titled “Inside Glass of Tea” by Ali Almazawi

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