There she is, the morning of.
It is summer, and she feels it. The winter sadness has been shaken, sloughed from her skin, and she’s lighter now, present. Waking without the ache, without the anchor thud dragging her down.
There she is. Happy and forgetful in her getting ready, this morning of.
Ready: Prepared. Willing. Equipped.
The readiness is all, they say, but at this minute she thinks she has escaped her fate. She thinks one can survive it. She does not know, as she takes that last mirror look, as she smoothes her hair and tongues her teeth for lipstick stains. She does not know that life can change in other ways, that there are slower, softer ways of starting.
She does not know what’s out there, waiting.
There. Here. There she is.
She’s out the door, and the sky is blue, and she’s humming along, not knowing his name. She’ll hear it today, this name, for the very first time. Unaware of the ghosts he’ll soon gather, of the tracks and stopping just ahead.
She doesn’t know that she’s begun. And that he is her somewhere, waiting.