The End of Summer
Clouds hang heavy as damp laundry. I miss
summers at the lake, helping my mother
pin sheets and clothes on the line as mist
rose above the water. In pedalpushers
and sweatshirt, she stood like a goddess Read the rest of this entry »
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, and I’m thinking of all those around the world who are living with Alzheimer’s and sending out prayers of comfort. I’d like to share a poem that I wrote about my mother when she was in the middle to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This poem received the Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society.
We’d try to catch her before
she got to the door dressed in layers
of sweaters or nothing at all Read the rest of this entry »
She used to grip the rudder, auburn hair
slicked, cheeks round and pink
as two rubber balls. Duck, she’d yell
when the sail swooped across us, Read the rest of this entry »
Just wanted to share a special memory of my mother in honor of World Alzheimer’s Month.
When I was six you made a sky
blue dress for me. Your auburn head
bending over the dining room table,
hands tracing tissue paper,
snip snip of scissors
as you shaped the blue. Read the rest of this entry »
In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, I’m sharing a poem about my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease for 14 years. This poem was written before her diagnosis. We didn’t understand my mother’s strange behavior, and our family was distraught, so we arranged for her to be admitted to the hospital in hopes of getting some answers.
What she doesn’t know
Today, as wind pushes dried leaves
from poplars and sky turns to steel,
I say to my mother, Let’s go for a ride. Read the rest of this entry »
A haze of blue settles over the ocean,
high tide only an hour away.
Sand is soft underfoot, caving
in beneath my steps. Fathers
are heavy on my heart. Read the rest of this entry »