19 April 2024

Becoming the Poetry



My mother has been ill.
I am as empty of poetry
as a milkweed pod
whose silk and seed have flown.
Still standing as erect as a tree,
it has outlived its use
but holds in its greyness
memories of beauty.
My mother is ill.  She reaches
out her arms and says plainly
“I want to live life
like other people.”
My mother has been ill.
She has become the poetry.
No other words are needed
than the ones she gives me.

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© 2024 Susan L. Chast


  1. It really is hard to find words as we cope with the greater challenges around us. Hope your mother feels better soon, Susan. Poems will appear and heal in their own time.

  2. Often the saddest thoughts reignite the muse.

  3. What a sad time for you, Susan. I understand being 'empty of poetry.'


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