the leafy shadows
on the window
glass were birds.
I thought the
light was birds. I
thought the liquid
of dark and light
was flight or soft
Blinks? I thought
they were my
hands turned, re-
Since my mother died,
she’s taken up residency
fingers on my cup,
her loopy grasp
on the water faucet,
her sensitive aches. And when I
look in the mirror, where she lives now
too, I say out loud, Oh, Mom!
bewildered by this change of address,
her visitation here,
and our long unfinished
Her hands on the steering wheel: I can see her hands on the
steering wheel. Somewhere in this tangled Florida interstate,
her hands. It is right that she live here among so many blossoms.
With the sea, another blossom, sprawled and continual, the slow
shape of a whisper. With hibiscus and disarrayed palms, her hands.
Alone in my car, I clutch my map. The place we’re to meet
crawls there in blue and red. From a bridge, weird primordial birds
plunge sun-scalded, into the glossy waves – a sudden shape,
all want. It takes a lot of tongue to say the word “lush.” Lemon
tree, magnolia, thick lizards on the salty earth. Her hands.
Her hands endeared her to me, her long white hands feeling
for something always made of air.
The loveliness of this unending rain,
November, Rebecca’s wet, black eyes,
night. The fact of things: wine and
funny – colored berries, sand colored
crust under the apples, Deanna’s hands
around the music and what enters us
all. Rain, a window made of rain and
the rainy skin of rain soaked texture
of laughter and the slanted reflection
of we letting the texture take over.
This road leads to November,
chores, ice floes in my teeth,
trees, the men I’ll never know in the
he kicks the frozen dirt says the word,
then, “birds.” So much darkness, he
for half an hour in the dream I
Sharon Webster is a mixed media visual artist and poet. Her book of poems and art, Everyone Lives Here, was published by Fomite Press in 2014. Her sculptural work creates poignant images of the world as seen from within & involves almost any material you can think of. Webster taught Word and Image and studio art classes at the college level for a decade – and has worked with developmentally challenged adults for many years.