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I had three mothers:
The first, gone already a lifetime ago
before anyone was ready
The second, holding
until all the family could come.
And while I was sleeping
the last mother
left her lingering life
on a sigh
grateful to be going home

on the death of my mother-in-law,
and for the dverse quadrille prompt of 9/20/21: linger

35 thoughts on “The last mother

  1. Alexandra, it’s tough enough to lose one mother I would imagine, but 3 of them… I’m glad your 3rd mother was ready to go but sorry she is leaving the world of the living. Is she the lady in your post today on facebook?

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