Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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Lisa Dordal lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her wife and their retired greyhound. She is the author of two poetry collections, Mosaic of the Dark and the forthcoming Water Lessons. She recently completed a book based on her mother’s letters, titled Next Time You Come Home, to be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2023.
Six weeks ago my wife walked into our living room to find me curled up on the couch, sobbing. In our twenty-one years of marriage we had experienced a lot of griefs, big and little, but she’d never seen me cry like this.
In my dreams my mother keeps walking out of the kitchen singing, / You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. / She never sings past the first verse.