Dan swung open the door. When he saw me, he
looked awkward and embarrassed. I stood on the
step and inquired after Elizabeth. Suddenly I knew
it was bad news. Dan explained that she was up
in the top field with her boyfriend Bryant. The
simple words slew my heart. I didn’t want to linger.
I wished to run down a rabbit hole and die. Dan,
however, invited me inside. My ears were
pounding. My hearing had gone. I slumped, and
lent against the door frame heavily. I muttered
that I’d have to be on my way. Dan looked
sorrowfully at me. He understood. I turned to go.
It was like my feet were glued to the ground.
With immense difficulty, I strode across the big
courtyard. The big red tractor was a blurry mess
in front of my eyes. An angry farm dog barked.
My life was over.


Author: Robert James Berry

Poet & Novelist