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My Mother’s Clothes
12Jun2017
article by
Pauletta Hansel
Poem
6

Still there are far too many blouses and slacks
even though we reduced them by half
in the first move to the home, and half again
in the next, saving only those that almost fit,

like her skin, laying loose against her bones.
There is so little left. Even her wedding ring
I’ve tucked inside my father’s in my dresser drawer,
her gardening hat on a shelf in my closet.


6 responses to “My Mother’s Clothes”

  1. Lisa Miller Henry says:

    Your words spoke to my heart and to my every fear as I watch my mother age. Beautiful.

  2. mtpoet says:

    But in this poem, she lives…

  3. Karen George says:

    “There is so little left.” Heartbreaking line.

  4. Melva Sue Priddy says:

    her wedding ring
    I’ve tucked inside my father’s in my dresser drawer

    Touching.

  5. Jim Lally says:

    that time we cleaned my mother’s apartment
    and a shoe tree hung on the back of the closet door…tiny little shoes for tiny little feet

  6. Patti Miller says:

    So very tender, sad and beautiful.

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