Tuesday, October 25, 2016
DMC: "January 22, 2012 The Night After My Mother’s Funeral" by Buffy Silverman
JANUARY 22, 2012 THE NIGHT AFTER MY MOTHER'S FUNERAL
We rifle through cabinets,
sorting piles of photographs and ancient souvenirs.
A flimsy box overflows with home movies,
mold wafts through the air.
My brother lifts a spool
and threads it through the dusty movie player,
assuming the role of boy-who-could-be-trusted-with-machines
The light flickers and our parents return,
younger than my memory spans,
at a beach house I cannot remember,
with carefree smiles I do not recognize.
My brother and sister race in and out of surf,
strut their school-aged independence,
wandering farther and farther from the beach umbrella
where I shiver,
my four-year old self
wrapped in a warm towel
and my mother’s arms.
© 2016 Buffy Silverman. All rights reserved.
Kenn Nesbitt has challenged us to write poems for our mothers this month. Click HERE for more details.
Post your poem on our October 2016 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, October 28th, and one lucky participant will win an autographed copy of Kenn's delightful new anthology, forthcoming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 1, 2016: