Mom's Story

HEAVY FLANNEL
(1/2/10)


she
gave it to me
on my birthday
that year

10/2/80

a long sleeved
lumberjack
faded plaid
of blue
white
brown
and gold
insulated
with a quilted liner
to protect me
from the winter's
coming cold

something soft
to warm me
in inclement
environs

what else
would a mother
want
for her son?

I wear it
today
almost 30 years
later
with Mom
almost
10 years
gone

warmer
than ever
a tangible link
to my mother's
empathy
and concern

I thank her
now
for this shirt
as thank her
every day
for the more
esoteric manifestations
of her love

as long
as I live
so does
she

that warmth
needs
no cloth
to comfort