Cold Coffee Chronicles

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Plant Cemetary

My husband drizzled fish fertilizer into our house plants as a harbinger for health. Like the tea I sip to restore my constitution, so we’d read the fish juice would bring verdant leaves and pillowy blossoms.

As he entered our home, a plant cemetery awaited his gaze while grey November creaked outside.

Fractured stems poked up like broken bones littered across the floor. Piles of odiferous soil stood like Indian burial grounds on the dining room hardwood.

I crossed the threshold; he shook with despair. Tears flowed as he cried for our disemboweled fiddle leaf fig. He mourned the bird of paradise he’d tended to like a pet. I held his body while he shivered for our snake plant as if our own cat had been struck by a car.

We scooped soil with our palms. Our skin stunk of a washed out tide. I kissed his wet face. Sometimes softness seeps into holes carved out by grief

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About Me

An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.


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