Spring 2005 • Vol. XXVII No. 2 Poetry |

The End of Love

In the dream it came as something inevitable, like the slow irreparable drift of earth that creates a cavern, a crack. She was in her kitchen with her coffee, with its cool blue impenetrable quiet she had craved, and in the dream she remembered the excursion of his warm hand on her skin, the idea of a family he had embodied, the simple strength of his love for her still intact, like a city underneath the earth that had failed to fully prosper. She remembered the day they had met when they were young and different and she probed that moment as she did all things until she was exhausted by the what-ifs and what-nots and what would come to pass flattened out like dough made from flour and water she had rolled in this very kitchen. She saw her entire life pass into all the objects in the house the delicate (though empty) plates (was it the wedding china?), the porcelain pitcher and basin from Italy, the baby bronze shoe and she was reminded of the familiarity o

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Jill Bialosky is the author of three volumes of poetry. Her most recent collection is Intruder. She is the author of two novels, House Under Snow and The Life Room, and a New York Times best-selling memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life.

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