The softness of twilight covers a multitude of sin.
A sunset ride through the open fields and along the woods trails. Early spring growth hiding the depredations of winter. A downed tree here. Broken branches there. Saplings leaned over. Grass already knee-high, dappled with scatterlings of milkweed and thistle and flowers I cannot name.
My mount does not balk, but I must stop often to clear the path. Unlike her namesake, she is reckless and her footing unsure. Her name is Kawasaki.
These paths were clear last fall. The grass was short. My heart sighs.
Mother despises what we call neatness. She will not tolerate it. Tenderness is not in her vocabulary.
Establish. Nurture. Destroy with violence.
The Redhead despises what we call chaos. She will tolerate, but not quietly.
Maintain neatness with equal violence. Bush hog and drip-torch.
I will clear trails, fully aware that I will do so again and again and again, ’til death do us part. Whether she or Mother, it matters not.
I will mow the fields even though I know what hides the rattlesnake also feeds the butterfly.
Because a thousand disappointed butterflies are better than one disappointed Redhead.