Dogs 2012

SHE LAUGHED
(10/13/12)


the
last time
that I saw
my step
mother

in a
hospital bed

half paralyzed

speechless

she laughed
at some
little joke
that I made

laughter
to me
seemed
like hope

I told her
that we would
have
a long talk
the next time
that we saw
each other

and that I
would let
her
do all
of the talking

she half
smiled
as I turned
and left
for home

then
the call
the next
day

they had
moved her
to the hospice
wing

removed
her feeding
tube

it was
what
she wanted
they said

per their
interpretation
of the signed
document

that dying
will

sometimes
it's not
a matter
of watching
your back

it's
a matter
of watching
your blood

four
days later
another
call

she
was gone

~

I look
forward
to hearing
her version
of the
story

some
day
soon