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by Mary Weems

[Old Woman Praying]
"Old Woman Praying"
by Nicholaes Maes

Her body prepares for the smaller space
of a grave - She changes the house each week.
I see her between the nightstand and the last
place she pushed the couch, notice she doesn't tower
anymore.

Mama wants her coffin to be the pine box
grandpa wanted - not the white trimmed in gold
chariot granny bought planning to join him - only
the whole family, the minister and the escort
police kept her from falling with the dirt.

When I think pine I see one woman's head
bowed in the forest.  Some days it's mama stretching
herself on a limb.

Like most daughters I'm most scared by how much I am
my mother's mirror - by how much her grave will be the hole
for mine.

Bio: Mary E. Weems, Ph.D., is also a playwright, performer, and urban education reform scholar. Her new book which includes original theory, poetry, and two plays is titled "Public Education and the Imagination Intellect: I Speak from the Wound in my Mouth."

Contact Mary Weems at mweems45@yahoo.com


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