Above, Fading, Internal 

Published July 11, 2017 by Chloe Madison


This tree towers above the gravesites of my dad, grandmother, and grandfather. When my dad died, my mom had me climb that tree and put orchids and bromeliads up there in honor of my dad. The orchids didn’t last, but all those bromeliads are still there. For some reason, this makes me feel full of mixed negative emotions…not sure why. 

I made this for my dad when he was being decimated by cancer. The letters are shaky and messed up. For the first time ever, seeing this hanging in my mom’s house irritated and angered me.

I passed by this and was struck by how much it reminds me of myself- deformed, dejected, despondent, frumpy.

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