Stefanie A. Shilling and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya
“…an open gate”
Inspiration piece

Open Endings
By Stefanie A. Shilling

she lived alone now

her children long grown
lured away to the bright lights of the big city
her husband resting in eternal peace
in the family cemetery

neighbors first showered her with
condolences and casseroles
now just the awkward
pleasantries at the post office

each morning, she walked
from the house to the main road
checking that the gate was still open
then she walked home, alone


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