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Leaving

  

by Gayle Slaten 

 

My hands were full the day I left

The dogs looked up to see me struggle to open the door,

Not getting up from their comfortable spots on the floor

I thought, ‘I should give them a hug’

But I closed the door and didn’t look back

I turned off my phone

Got into the heavily packed van

And took the ferry away from that island prison

 

‘Unbelievable’, I whispered over and over

When I heard the news that

My husband shot our dogs in despair at my leaving,

He was planning to kill himself

But didn’t have the nerve

Alcohol and drugs made the

Unthinkable possible

 

‘You are lucky you left when you did’

I heard from neighbors

Who were afraid to bring their children

To the island with the Mad Man

Police didn’t arrest him

Just hospitalized

‘Not a crime to have mental issues’

 

Now he is back on the island

All is forgotten

They asked him to be on the Road Committee

Back to normal—

Except for me