Tag Archives: family

trust is a learned thing

trust is a learned thing: that something so big can name, can love, can nurture one this small dry tears with a kiss & stitch together a torn heart with a smile it is known by infants as something real, … Continue reading

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my sister’s birthday

Your eyes opened 47 years ago, May 9, the perfect Mother’s Day present born a month early. I knew this story before I had words to tell it myself, heard it repeated by our mother in the litany of births … Continue reading

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05/06/2012

may is the month for remembering my sister’s birth my mother’s death separated by years, only 4 days apart on the calendar the flowers I place carefully over their graves spice the air like cinnamon coloring the palate remembered love … Continue reading

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Undomesticated

women in my family sow, but don’t sew, don’t knit, and crochet hooks are useless between our fingers but give us a pen, a piano, pastels, or a paintbrush, and we create like crazy; we paint a cross stitch of … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s poem # 8: Why I call my mother Lois

in 77 years, she had so many different names her husband and friends called her Lo, & we 3 called her Mom & when she forgot she was a mother & that she had a nickname once when she started calling … Continue reading

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my mother’s home

Lois went to a place full of old, sick, inconvenient people sitting in chairs lining the hallway denied my impulse to care for her myself by her husband; because, as he put it, I had a life  & a family of … Continue reading

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my dead

I call them my dead, not that they don’t still belong to themselves or to the universe now, but they are mine because when they lived we walked together & now I carry memories from each of them like small … Continue reading

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