Before the slaughter guy

On a farm, you can start loving whenever you like, but you will be losing at 9:00 a.m. on the first weekday in September. There are two schools of response to that prospect—to delay the loving as long as possible, to lessen the pain of the losing. Or, to start loving immediately to get as much of it in as you can before the losing starts.

Dessa, “The Crossing,” Black Warrior Review Spring/Summer 2013.