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Before You LeaveWake me before you leave
The sun of the early morning
Warms the yellow bedroom walls
Kiss me before you leave
The soft sheet bunched around me
Like a warm cocoon
Hug me before you leave
My curls messily splayed out on my pillow
Like spilled coffee
Tell me you love me before you leave
My sleepy face slides into a smile
As you gently touch my face
Your face is illuminated by light
From the window as you bend down to kiss me
I brush the hair from my face
And kiss you back
The birds sing their sunrise songs
As our lips meet in a morning hello
You whisper you love me
And touch my shoulder
I smile and whisper it back
And roll back into the sea of blankets
All Here For A ReasonI turned onto a shady, well-manicured driveway that, for all intents and purposes, looked harmless enough. Maple trees lined both sides of the street, and a parade of Canadian geese marched across the road to a wide duck pond with a flamboyant fountain. There were blooming crepe myrtles and rose-of-sharons, and as I grew closer to my destination, neatly trimmed gardens with neatly trimmed bushes.
I stopped to let the geese pass. They looked at me; one hissed. I honked my horn and moved around them.
At the end of the road sat a collection of grayish buildings and a number of signs directing me to the appropriate parking lot. "Welcome to Ten Creeks Hospital," said one of them. "Please enjoy your stay." I parked in the visitor's lot. Surely I wouldn't be staying.
I was shaking when I got out of my car. I had spent the morning getting high. One foot in front of the other, flip-flop noises, hot sidewalk. Mulberry and magnolia trees, freshly shaved grass. A bench and pan for smokers. A set o
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