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Poetry

A Woman I No Longer Recognized

By Jill M. Brown, IA © jillbrown125@gmail.com

 

Childhood at Gram’s house

Tiddlywinks

Bunny-shaped pancakes

Record player blaring

Sneaking through her dressing table

Gram’s ornate golden hairbrush gliding through

My blonde locks

Avon containers

Costume jewelry

Moon pie

Jiffy cupcakes

Hugs

 

I curled her hair before bed

She sat with patience and grace

Encouraging me as she recalled stories from

Her childhood

Stories lost from my memory

 

Giggles

Snuggles

Hugs

 

Cancer crept between us

Her hair gone

Her face different

I was

Fearful of a woman I no longer recognized

 

She held out her arms, but they remained empty

I was only eight

Fearful of a woman I no longer recognized

 

No more cupcakes

No more energy

No more hugs

No more Grams

She was gone

 

If only I could go back and curl her hair

Eat cupcakes

Fill her empty arms

 

Instead

I attempt to match her

Wisdom

Grace

Kindness

And

 

Forgiveness

 

To make up for the time

I denied

A woman I no longer recognized

 

 

 

 

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The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
416 W 12th St, Austin, TX 78701 · 512-478-5748

© DKGSI, All rights reserved