Ten Days in ArkansasMartha Silano
and on the final one she takes a walk to the graveyard, past a row of loblolly pines, resin sticking to her arms, resin like the names of those beneath herâ€”William Moon, Leroy Bliss. She thought sheâ€™d findâ€”under these loblollies, under these silver maplesâ€”the long-married, which of course she doesâ€”John and Ellen Gibson, who held on close to a hundred years; Lucille and Floyd Pruitt; Wendell Weed waiting for his Margaret, but where she also finds, in the Garden of Prayer, Laura Beanie Lehman, who made it only to 30, whose husband Cecil must be the one leaving the plastic roses, and BJ Nicklas who didnâ€™t get past 25, his father beside him; and as sheâ€™s nearing the exit gate, relieved to escape the faded wreaths, the searing heat, she runs right into Angelo Karimu, beneath his name a single date, beside it a dirty white-winged bear, not unlike the one her son wonâ€™t let go of, not for the life of him.
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