Wednesday, May 18, 2011

can I please have just one more afternoon

Can I please just have one more afternoon?

To give my mom a perm?

and while we wait for the solution, pluck the stray chin hairs

and file her nails in the round-ish way she likes

Afterwards, can we please have just one more cup of tea with Aunt Mary, my would-be-mother

who would compliment the perm

and the coffee cake we baked earlier that morning

No shoo fly ---- out the door before daddy comes home

the late afternoon thunderstorm

that always washed away the woman-ness


just one more afternoon

capture a moment in time

before, like the lingering cigarette smoke

and the smell of Oil of Olay

my mama's gentle touch,