Saturday, November 8, 2008

Miriam Sagan: LAST WORDS

I tended my mother-in-law Claire when she was dying at home.

"I have something to say," she whispered to us.

My husband and I bent in close.

"And it isn't very deep," she added. The gist was that although she wanted to eat, she really couldn't.

Her last request to me was to get her comb and brush from the little wicker table in the other room.

"Your house is so cluttered," I teased her. "A little table! Where?"

She laughed. I brushed her hair and lay down to take a nap. My husband sat by her bed until she died.

since your mother's death
you do the crossword puzzle—
filling in the blanks
by Miriam Sagan
Santa Fe, New Mexico
first published in
Simply Haiku V4, N4 (2006)

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