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Learning to Forgive: Chapter Five (OLD VERSION)
Learning to Forgive
Chapter Five: Light on the Horizon
The couple abruptly parted lips and looked to the voice’s source.
“Cadence?!” shouted Spike.
Before the young dragon could even react, he was wrapped in the tight embrace of the Alicorn. “Oh my goddesses, it is you! I’ve missed you so much!” Visible tears were beginning to form around the edges of her eyes.
Spike chuckled and returned the embrace. “I’ve missed you too, Cadence.”
Princess Cadence slowly broke the hug and took a step back. “Where have you been? We looked all over for you.”
“Staliongrad, I’ve been working as a miner outside the city.”
Cadence giggled. “I always knew you’d want something to do with rocks, after all, you’d dig up auntie Celestia’s garden in search of dinosaurs every other week. Oh, she must be so happy you’re back!”
“Actually she doesn’t know,” chimed in Twilight.
IowaIf you visit Iowa,
you'll call her fields empty,
but she wasn't born that way.
A part of her was carved out
when she was ripped between Virginia
and the purple mountains of New Mexico.
Her gold hair, she tore it out when she realized
it didn't make her a princess.
She laid her locks strung along every road
leading somewhere else.
White hairs on her cheeks
are scars from winter.
Her hair darkens with the dampness
of summer rains.
The storms are never silent,
but neither is life when there's a tear
in your childhood where
a parent ought to be.
I've been flooded by Iowa's sorrow.
The only way I can distract her from her own voided landscape
is if I hate myself harder than she cries.
She just wants to fly
and I want to bus or train,
not because I fear death, but because
I want to take living slow.
It's the only way I ever feel.
From the air it's hard to watch Earth's hips move.
But Earth can't compare to the country.
That's my girl.
Full grown even when harvesting season's j
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