The Tree

copyright 2018

Sometimes she indeed wondered:
What if the tree had fallen the other way?
What if it had been her beloved –
And not his brother –
Lying dead beneath it?

Would she have left and never returned?
Gone to town and married a soldier?
Plenty would have had her,
Tears and all,
She was not afraid to work.

Would she have left and never returned?
Gone with her aunt and stayed alone?
Keeping house with her,
Perhaps inheriting it,
The two of them forever.

Or would she have gone to comfort him?
The brother – he would have been distraught,
He would have felt he failed him,
Felt he had failed her,
And that he ought to care for her instead.

She had always found him pleasant,
But it was his brother that she had always loved,
Would she have married him?
Shared a bed with him?
Made a life with him together?

She could not dream of it,
She could not think of it,
She could not imagine what such a life would be.

And yet still she wondered:
What if the tree had fallen the other way?

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