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Mother Edith, at 98

 
 
 

Mother, Edith, at 98



Edith, in this nursing home
blinded with macular degeneration,
I come to you with your blurry
eyes, crystal sharp mind,
your countenance of grace --
as yesterday's winds
I have chosen to consume you
and take you away.

"Oh, where did Jesus disappear
to," she murmured,
over and over again,
in a low voice
dripping words
like a leaking faucet:
"Oh, there He is my
Angel of the coming."

-2007-


Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois. He is heavy influenced by: Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg. His new poetry chapbook with pictures, titled From Which Place the Morning Rises, and his new photo version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom are available on Amazon.com

Article © Michael Lee Johnson. All rights reserved.
Published on 2010-05-31


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