Monday, 4 March 2013

Signs in my bodily landscape

First came the tears of desperation

then a solid bar of pain
out of the blue
across my back
at the height of the heart

and my right shoulder blade
and my tummy swollen
and hollow 
and full

These are the signs in my 
bodily landscape

across the ocean
across the seas
across the snowy mountain tops 

and across the layers 

my love for my mother
is indescribable 
I love her

her face fallen
and sometimes illuminated
the face of the little girl she was

clear blue eyes
a softness and gentleness
and grace 


that is my mother

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