Flash in the Pan
A Quarterly Posting at Tiny Lights
Finding The Missing Piece
by Maggie Manning
Standing at the stove, I take a sip of whiskey, turn the eggplant slices gently sautéing in oil.
A cello plays somewhere out of sight, copper strings scraped by horsehair.
You come into the kitchen and the mercury rises imperceptibly.
Your hand settles at my waist; my head automatically tilts back for a kiss.
What is this puzzle we call marriage?
How do we manage to hammer out the years of caring and connection, anger and bitterness?
I only know that with you, the center holds; everything is possible.
Maggie Manning is twice divorced, so this piece represents her musings on what might be rather than her reality.
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