Linda Athis

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Strange Embrace

The most loving embrace
I ever gave
was over a toilet.

There sat my Mother
unable to speak.
pleading for response
from a body shutting down.

Our eyes met in fear.
we did not share
what we both knew.
Death whispers near.

“I’m sorry” she said
as if she caused this,
had cruelly wished a curse
upon me, her caregiver.

In that second my heart split,
ripped raw by a mean and jagged knife.
My stronger, youthful arms reached out,
fiercely wrapped around her bony frame.

And there we paused
in a deep, strange ...

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