Anna isn't coming back. Amy knows
this. But she cannot bring herself to
confide this knowledge to anyone in her family.
who would tell her that no one was dead until there was proof, that the
insurance companies could not admit to death without bodies and he would
be damned sure that he would take no
who would just fold her papers into her briefcase, and ask her for corroborating
full well she had none.
who would whisper to the curtains and blow down through the living room
ancestral prayers to the clay figures.
Not Sophie, who
would have simply shrugged and gone on with her fruitless campaigns,
even knowing that what she waited for would never come.