with excitement, a bachelorette took a photo
of herself toasting her impending wedding.
Earlier, she probably called her five-year-old,
promised him she would see him soon,
because that's what mommies do.
Either way, she jumped in a car
with her best friend to celebrate
her bachelorette party, then posted
a selfie of them eager to arrive.
A few minutes later, her lungs
were overtaken by the asthma
of truck fumes, her excitement
restricted by the gasping of air.
Her best friend attempted to overtake
the truck so she could breathe again,
but failed to see an oncoming vehicle,
so the two cars overtook each other.
Three hours later, the bride-to-be
was overtaken by her injuries
before her fiancé could get there
to say, "Goodbye. I love you."
Overtaken by grief and shock,
her family and friends turned
to each other, while her son
asked when she would be back,
when he could see her again.
Mommy wouldn't leave him.
She loved him too much
to do that.
Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her writing is published or forthcoming at Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Gargoyle, New Verse News, Poetry24, and other magazines.