I remembered my mother so vividly just now,
As I zipped up the front of my long green robe.
A gift from her one merry Christmas morning,
I remember how I loved the color, its depth,
The feel of the velvet soft between my hands,
Though no softer than the cheek I kissed in thanks.
I remember her weekend visits.
We would rise whenever we pleased, and
I would fix her eggs just the way she liked them.
Later we would linger over coffee and our
Favorite board game, “Upwords”. She would
Make up words, insisting that I look them up in my
Ginormous dictionary, and we would laugh when
Sometimes she was right, and she would laugh
At all my silly jokes and we were happy as
We sat in our pretty robes and sipped our cooling
Drinks and enjoyed each other’s company.
As these memories come flooding back,
I embrace them, with all of their
Pain and joy, and wrapping my arms
Around myself I am, for a moment,
Clasped in my mother’s arms once more.