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Her Mother

March 10, 2010
By The_Fourth_Black_Sister GOLD, Verona, New York
The_Fourth_Black_Sister GOLD, Verona, New York
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Favorite Quote:
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.
-Robert Frost

Her Mother

I entered the funeral home

scared out of my wits of what I would find

Would I find a

crying friend

shocked friend

happy friend

or no friend at all

My mother by my side said “be respectful”

I didn’t say anything back

I was afraid that if I talked my voice would break

as I walked to the back room I thought

Why her

why my dear friend Kateri

she has done nothing wrong

I reached the back room and found Kateri sitting with her siblings

she was holding her baby sister

too young to understand what was happening

I told Kateri I was sorry

that her mother shouldn’t have died

she smiled and said “Thanks Sam”

then she cried

I stayed with her while my mother went to the

open casket

I didn’t want to see Kateri’s mother like that

I wanted to remember her alive and well

As I waited for my mother I thought how Kateri would be

the only one that remembered

her other siblings including baby Molly would not remember their

dead mother

I said my goodbyes to Kateri

and said goodbye forever to

her mother

The author's comments:
I wrote this poem last summer at a writing camp. I'm very proud of it, because it took a lot of energy to bring back up that day. Kateri's mother died five years ago of breast cancer. I haven't spoken to her in a while, but she is still living a happy life with her siblings and father.

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