© Shers Gallagher 2013
She lives in a dark mansion,
alone and forgotten by everyone
She lived with another in exile
and all was good until he died.
That was not discussed in the contract
of her immigration,
a clause that perhaps he would one day die
and leave her altogether.
She keeps one light on now,
one light only,
to spare the utilities while nickel and diming the dole
to the nth penny.
The car he left her too,
but it does not run,
it being rutted in the road and lacking for petrol.
They'd planned to pave its trail,
but so many sidetracks had occurred along the way.
And she is no longer of the age that her beauty will save her.
She remains the ageing crone that can only be pitied in fiction,
in a Flannery O'Conner novel.
Aisling Books - Magpie Tales