Jennifer Rosario


She Laughs - Poem by Jennifer Rosario

She laughs.
Her memory escapes her.

She tells me of her days in Puerto Rico
and her sister who lives outside the city.
She says,
'I would like to go to her.'
But no one knows for sure.

I nod.
She smiles
and laughs again.

It's the kind of laugh that soothes your heart
It makes you unafraid of growing older,
yet unhinges your own locked soul.

I haven't seen her in over a year.
Her eyes squint
and I realize
she does not see me.

Her hands lay wrinkled on the rocking chair.
Her stuffed dog lies silently beside her.
He stares up blankly into her eyes,
her eyes, vibrant and beautiful, stare like a child back into his.

there are pictures of a family she has forgotten-
a family without heirs


She tells me of her sister in Puerto Rico.
She says,
'I would like to go see her.'
But no one knows for sure.

I nod.
She smiles
and laughs again.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 9, 2013



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