A Picture of Ethan & I Reunited: The Day Will Come

The sublime beauty of the white flash of teeth: gap & all
Limbs looking so much bigger than they could possibly be
Large enough to envelop me in a magnificent infinity
Running towards me as if there were nothing more swift in the universe
So swift, a comet with a brilliant trailing flash of light

We embrace
A drop of salty water containing immeasurable joy trails down four cheeks
We hug, imploding with love unquantifiable by the Gods themselves
Our grins encompass galaxies

I am at one with existence
Ethan, you are my beautiful boy
You always have been & always will be
I love you son
Rest peacefully in your knowledge of that fact

© 10/15/10

A Picture of Ethan & I Reunited: The Day Will Come

Rusty Gentry

Joined November 2007

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Ethan no longer has the gap in his smile. Funny story: I was teaching a class at Bowling Green when a cell phone began to ring. Of course, I had a standing rule that all cell phones be off and out of sight during class. Thinking myself clever, I sit on the corner of my desk and say, “Hell, may as well answer it. Let us know what’s so important.” That’s about the time that I realized that the phone was my own. As embarrassed as is possible for me, I answer to hear Ashley on the other end hysterical. I barely comprehend that Ethan has hit his mouth on the corner of a chest we had and knocked a out front tooth. I quickly dismiss class, jump on my bike, and fly home. When I walked in the door, Ashley is on the phone, still in a frenzy, and Ethan is smiling at me over her shoulder drooling a mixture of blood and saliva and smiling to beat the band. Of course, it was his first tooth to have fully broken through. He now has all of his permanent teeth and a brilliantly full smile.

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