Lee Mack

(Shelbyville Kentucky)

Mother Finally Went to Sleep xx xxx xx Improvisation 02 25 2014


Improvisation 02 26 2014
Original 01 10 2012





MOTHER FINALLY WENT TO SLEEP:


Mother finally went to sleep on the couch
Company sat at talk with her about spiritual
Things that troubled some souls and got on
Some nerves but then marveled everybody
Mother’s face was a mirror of mine lonely
At evening shadow –her body rocked at peace
With silent night - visitors quieted down
To collect personal themes to invent myths
In dreams as deep as sleep - but retrieved…
Since daddy passed away she stays busy
Cleaning kitchen sinks washing the scum of
Life away from the cleanliness of hopes
She still cooks for a whole family though
The kids left long ago to go out on their
Own and to leave her burden free and alone
Hope was that she could withstand
Unforgiving she hangs out old dishrags
From the mess of leftover stains - I
Watched old dirty rags wrung out many times
Freed of pain rags hung out or dispensed
Raveled like spent organs of life —Mother
Relates distance at times of burial to the
Limit of grief - I knew limits that Mother
Would never comprehend limits moved from
Memories literally from dreams of journeys
Never taken to places she could only
Pretend –and then she left - the living
Room is full of that sense that she remains
When math adds it up for correctness her
Spic kitchen is the span from arithmetic
And the rate of life’s change - Mother’s
Are much more than correction –mine is the
Extension of life I see looking in the
Mirror over the dresser and the supper
Laid out on the kitchen table of
Elohim’ plan.



Lee Mack copyright 2009. ISBN # 0615318347. Reproduce with permission only.

Submitted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Edited: Sunday, May 18, 2014


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Assisted living begins in the family at birth, mothers sooner as will
then...
Great grand Mama Lou Wilson went peacefully to sleep while I was in the US army Signal Corp afraid of death... and on alert during the 1956-57 Lebanon crisis...
we might think that I was American; many did not then think nor do they think today true Americans really exclude them...

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