Linda Hill’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “Mash.”
The house that I lived in when I was six
had a cherry tree in the back yard and
rose bushes in the front yard
where my sister used to collect bees that she put into a paper bag
and she never got stung.
The house that I lived in when I was three
I don’t remember the backyard
but the front yard was big and bare
one winter, late at night I saw wolves in the front yard
we watched each other through the picture window for a very long time.
The park that I played in when I was 11
I was looking over a railing to the beach far below
and a boy shoved me from behind and I flipped over the top
and I nearly fell down the face of the cliff but my foot got caught in the railing
and everyone including me pretended nothing happened- because nothing did, right?
The cliff I stood on I was at when I was 46
I was watching the Super Moon rise up from the Ocean
me and the stars and Owls had no idea my world was about to end
all of these places live side by side
bemused neighbors mashed together on an unplanned and well traveled street