Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Jane's Poem of the Morning!!

This is a rich poem, an homage to Jane's mother, to all mothers, to aging, to care!   I am thoroughly touched by this poem.

                Monkey pods

We¹d planned the day
the new museum
her heart¹s desire
yet when we made it through the line
I could see her
sag into herself
her rounded shoulders
trying to hold their own
but her eyes giving in
so when she eyed the wheelchairs
I asked
and she acquiesced.

How long should I stand
before this painting?
Is it the Aztec room or photography next?
Was the vase as interesting
if one was sitting?
I¹d ask but she demurred.
Perhaps getting close to her face
so she could read my lips
became more an interruption.
Suddenly all this was in my hands.

When we¹d tired
we left by way of the gift shop‹
her traditional post card for her
While she looked I window shopped
picked up a rattle
monkey pods tied and woven to a stick
I shook it near my ear
the soft shush of the pods swishing
a tiny clack when they hit each other
like a Tui bird in a banyan tree.
She was ready and we left.
Later when I said goodnight
she took my face in her hands
I want you to have that rattle.
I can¹t hear it but I saw you listen.


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