For Us (I will carry it on)

Heart wrenching. Have you been here in elder (loved one’s) care? I have. Read this beautifully written piece.

A Swift Current

A Swift Current For US (I will carry it on) Edouard Vuillard– 1891-1892– Private Collection

An hour often passed without their speaking. The shared quiet fell over them, binding them more tightly than any conversation could.

~  Jhumpa Lahiri The Lowland

Twenty-four hours ago,

my mother did not know me.

Now we sit

side by side;

holding hands.

Our words

drift into the air;

a deep breath;

a slight smile.

Tengo hambre, she says,

surprising me

with the lost language of her childhood.

Our silence surprises me too;

luscious relief

after years of dementia’s

nonsensical tales;

bitter accusations;

angry recriminations.

Our silence;

a tender reminder of

long ago afternoons

home from school;

the two of us sitting

at the formica table;

Chips Ahoy and milk.

Day after day,

we sat in silence as

I tried to figure out

what the nuns expected;

what the other kids wanted;

why was I so scared.

She knew

not to say a word


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8 Responses to “For Us (I will carry it on)”

  1. October 15, 2014 at 18:42

    I am embarrassed that I completely dropped the ball in thanking you for your generous reblogging of my essay. I was moving that day–but certainly that is a meager excuse for my distraction. As you know, writing is such a lonely endeavor, and it is so deeply reinforcing to know that my words touched you, and some of your followers as well. I am grateful for your efforts on my behalf. Thank you, Hallie (A Swift Current)


  2. September 2, 2014 at 00:15

    Ah, yes, it’s so hard.


  3. September 1, 2014 at 17:37

    this did bring tears to my eyes as life can be exactly this way…. and the art is so perfect an illustration of the sense of both emptiness and exhilleration. thank you!


    • September 1, 2014 at 17:38

      Yes, beautiful and perfect art piece. Thank you for visiting today


      • September 1, 2014 at 17:44

        sadly, i couldn’t get my comment to stick on her site tho i tried three times. sometimes WP drives me nuts.

        and you’re very welcome! 😀


        • October 15, 2014 at 18:47

          Hello, this is Hallie from A Swift Current. It is frustrating to learn you tried to post a comment about my essay…I so want a dialogue and welcome your views. I wish I understood the technical side of this endeavor! But although this is late, I want to thank you for your comments about the words and art (I am always thrilled when I find an image which underscore/adds to my perspective), Hallie from A Swift Current


          • October 15, 2014 at 19:17

            Hi Hallie. No need for explanation. Lives get busy! Thank you for reaching out. Very kind of you to follow up. Not sure if you will get this. At the Oregon coast fishing. Torrential rain tonight and reception poor. But, I want to try.


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