She’d lived a long life
her lush brown plait
once lovingly combed – nightly,
a hundred strokes
fell loosely down her back
grey and thin
matching the photos that line her walls
of mother and father
husband, son and daughter
their children too
her diary was found
tightly between fingers
that once tended a small
garden of vegetables and herbs
now skeletal covered by
translucent skin
her grandmothers shawl
about her knees that on youthful days
were bloodied with scraps
each scab had a wild adventure to retell
parting from knees to the floor
another story unfolds
one of discovery and tenderness.

No smells wafted
as they drove the gravel
her son noted to his children
the approach had a eerie gulp to it
following close behind
his sister flashed her high beams
did she know?
Greeting each other as they tumbled from their cars
an urgency quickened a porch landing
children’s voices sung in unison
“we’re here Gran”
the door did not swing open
their noses rose higher
to breath in roast garlic, onion,
juices of succulent meat and
an apple pie with cloves to treat
for a moment I’m sure each there that day
was wrapped in hearty aromas.

Then it happened
a scent of fear struck the group
the aged door was easily kicked in
lifetimes flashed before eyes
as each focussed upon her chair
that cradled their keystone
in unison their pain lifted the rafters
rushing to her side each fell to their knees
hands held hers
the shawl picked up and gathered about her knees
farewell songs were heard that night
plans were made, to tend her
cleansing her skin
brushing her hair, a hundred strokes
each one that night said their thank you
dressed in soft pastel pink and lace
placed in her garden bed
she remained…..


Lisa  Jewell

Joined July 2007

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