I called my sister today.
She’s been in a nursing home
over the holidays.
I have not been sleeping well.
When she answers the phone
I rest back in my chair
it’s the soft tone of her voice, an instant pleasure,
my first love, my beloved.
I am myself because of you.
Love a small boat, it leaks and has seen better days
It’s a tenuous sistuation
we tip with the slightest movement.
But even if we fall out
cast into the cold water
I will reach for your hand
and I will find it.
You wanted to tell me something funny,
“They have a all purpose soap, you said
and I washed my hair with it today,
and when I looked in the mirror
my hair lay limp and thin and flat to my face
I looked twenty years older, I looked like mom
I looked just like Annie, remember her hair?
I laughed so completely and we had ourselves a bit of fun.