Published by Crazyhorse

Stage 1. Relief

They made it! You were concerned about the plane, turbulence. It’s April, but still you feared ice on the wings because if you worry about even the things that can’t possibly go wrong, your parents are more likely to arrive unscathed. Well, here they are, no worse for wear.
Relief is the briefest of the stages, but also the most intense. Let it wash over you. Enjoy the release of your stress. Breathe deeply and say quietly to yourself: They are safe, I am safe, we are here. They are safe, I am safe, we are here.
And say it once more: They are safe, I am safe, we are here. Yes.
Now. What do you see?

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Image from cover of Crazyhorse literary journal Number 77 Spring 2010.