Theory of Love
She is shy about her own face, proving, once again, she
is a walking treasure, able to outlast a decade of abuse, able to
be kind and happy for her children, while pushing back tears,
fears of the next attack, until, in a fit of sanity she’s freed
form two jails at once: physical and mental, producing a
genuine smile, the ability to love again, nuptial birth control.
She caused these changes with a heartfelt request that worked.
He changed, he promised to never…she opened to a lover no one
knows, at least in theory. It’s this theory of love that brightens the
few spare moments she has between early-morning cooking, a job
of her own, late-night laundry and the warmth of two children
who must be relieved now that the fights have subsided, stopped,
the air is calm, spring allows outdoor play. This woman gets
more than most from gym time and Sunday sauna. She’s back
to her life, back to the teenager in love, even if it’s removed
from her own household. Already she feels like a “bad mother” yet
the fun hasn’t begun. In the process she’s saved her heart, opened
another to his real self, prevented the worst type of tragedy and
allowed another child to live in the glow of love, even if not the
sanctioned kind, surely the saving, caring, empathetic kind to grow by.
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