Mid May Remembrances — a Poem

 

There’s something about this time of year, when the sky is heavy with moisture, that makes me think of my mom. On days like this, the memory of her Alzheimer’s presses on me. So today’s blog post is a poem.

 

Mid May Remembrances

 

The sky is heavy, full of the weight

of grey. Memories hang like damp

laundry in my mind. My mother’s chores

never done, yet she turned her face

to the sunburst on the horizon

each morning. She dreamed of a sapphire

lake surrounded by mountains, cotton ball

clouds draped across grey suede slopes. Until

her mind let loose, caught in an eddy of wind

as it slowly unraveled. I transfer wet clothes

to the dryer, sweep crumbs from under

the kitchen table, plan what’s for dinner,

all the while waiting for the fresh

breeze that will blow

this humidity away.

***

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