Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tricia Marcella Cimera- Two Poems

My father is in his bed.
He has died and the Hospice
Nurse is washing him.
I stay close.
She tells me my father
was very sweet. I agree.
He was, but not always.
He was many, many things.
She doesn’t know.
She didn’t know him.
What he meant to me.
I help her move him so
she can bathe his back.
Then she washes
his hands, slowly.  Later
the funeral home people come
in a hearse, with a stretcher.
My mother, my sister, we say
goodbye to my father.
I follow the stretcher out the door,
down the walkway,
watch him slide into the hearse.
You see,
I was always the little planet
that circled him. He was the sun
of my world. I want to stay
near him. But he moves away,
headed towards a clean, new

The needle entered me,
pulled something out.
During the biopsy,
I cried.  It hurt.
But I was also
thinking of someone
cruel to me; he curdled
my insides, my heart.
What did the Doctor
see on her slide?
I know now it wasn’t
cancerous, wouldn’t kill.
But whatever was pulled
out of me — I’m sure
every dark cell of it
carried his name.

Brief Bio:

Tricia Marcella Cimera is an obsessed reader and lover of words. Her work is, or will be, in these diverse places: the Buddhist Poetry Review, Foliate Oak, Hedgerow, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Mad Swirl, Prairie Light Review, Reverie Fair, Silver Birch Press, Stepping Stones and Yellow Chair Review.  Tricia volunteers locally, believes there's no place like her own backyard, and has traveled the world.  She lives with her husband and family of animals in Illinois/in a town called St. Charles/by a river named Fox.

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