MY MOTHER KEEPS COMING BACK

GAIL BRAUNE COMORAT

 

in photographs    & old letters
             in spidery dears & darlings
 
she forgets & comes back     whenever
             sinatra sings
on 78s that spin     in brittle shellac
 
             she comes back
not as a mother      not
as my mother      she comes
 
back      herself      a single woman
a flickering reel       my mother
ash blonde    in high-waisted slacks     she
 
comes back     with california palms & black
spaniels     with dress
white uniforms     with radio
             static    she comes back
 
she’s a soundtrack      a trick of smoke
& mirrors     snippets of
que sera &      s’wonderful
             she comes back
 
brief as lightning      real
             as queen for a day     gone
with the wind      she’s playback
 
she forgets & comes back
 
always with applejack & gin
       & smudges
of lipstick on crystal     she
 
comes back     in a life
she can’t have back     except
 
in bygone photographs & letters
            in fading white & black

 
 

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