Prime Caregiver (Written June 9)

Prime Caregiver


Devoted to his sick mother,

He was more than happy to stay

With her during the last weeks


Of her slow, steady decline.

Through it all, he sought

To assure her that he’d found


A new direction to his life,

Though he doubted it himself.

In fact, he clung more tightly


To his obsession even as he tried

To fight it. He knew, rightly

Or wrongly, the moment she died,


He would put on the white dress

And the red shoes, and the jars

Of make-up he kept in the drawer.

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