Spring 2014 • Vol. XXXVI No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2014 |

The Lucky Ones

We were in the twilight of our lives. Our labor suddenly realized in the crowns of marigolds, blue eyes of the hydrangeas, smell of lavender, and late bloom of the hosta's erect purple flower with its marvel of thick green leaves. Each year we trimmed back and the garden grew more lustrous and untamable as if the eternal woods and animals asleep at night in its beds were claiming it back. The water in the pool shimmered an icy Tuscan blue. When we arrived we swam until the stress from the grueling life in the city released our bodies. Later we sat under the umbrella and watched a garden snake slip into the water, careful not to startle its fight-or-flight response. Its barbed-wire coil. Comet of danger, serpent of the water, How long we had thwarted the venom of its secrets, its lures and seductions. It swam by arching then releasing its slithery mercurial form. Through the lanky trees we heard the excited cries of the neighbor's children, ours, the boy of our late youth, of

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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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