Shivatime

The dentist and her

assistant move

in unison, four

hands in silence

passing tools

and cotton,

suction and light.

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The dance of women’s fingers

beyond words.

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Aware of all of it

or none; drifting

off to the night

I held my mother’s

hand.   Her breath

slowing and weaker

over hours,

her skin cool then

finally

cold.

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For her life, her

love, I

weep with

gratitude that

could fill oceans.

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“Are you okay?”

Afraid I’m in

pain the

concert of hands

pauses

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No, no…I wave,

my eyes and

mouth and

throat full.

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Don’t worry.

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The play of hands

ends; my smile

restored. I blink

back into the

day with

my mother’s palm

cupped

lightly warm

in my own.

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— D. L. Pughe

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My beloved mother, Barbara Pughe

I think of you every day, sloshing with love,

and try to somehow live in your honor.

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About D. L. Pughe

Freelance writer and artist. https://thedreamofknowledge.com/about/
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