Monday, 30 June 2014


with excitement, a bachelorette took a photo 
of herself toasting her impending wedding. 

Earlier, she probably called her five-year-old,
promised him she would see him soon,
because that's what mommies do.

Either way, she jumped in a car 
with her best friend to celebrate 
her bachelorette party, then posted 
a selfie of them eager to arrive.

A few minutes later, her lungs
were overtaken by the asthma
of truck fumes, her excitement 
restricted by the gasping of air.

Her best friend attempted to overtake 
the truck so she could breathe again,
but failed to see an oncoming vehicle,
so the two cars overtook each other.

Three hours later, the bride-to-be
was overtaken by her injuries 
before her fiancé could get there
to say, "Goodbye.  I love you."

Overtaken by grief and shock,
her family and friends turned 
to each other, while her son 
asked when she would be back,
when he could see her again.
Mommy wouldn't leave him.
She loved him too much
to do that.

©Kristina England

 Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her writing is published or forthcoming at Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Gargoyle, New Verse News, Poetry24, and other magazines.