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In the Cafe, Projecting

by Lisa Marie Brodsky

I'm watching the 5 year old
and her mother.
Can't help but insert my mother there
and I as the 5 year old.
How on earth did Mom handle the pressure?
That little girl idolizes her mother -
she who looks so healthy,
sweeping the girl's dark bangs
out of her eyes.
How is she to know?
How was I to know that twenty-two years later
I'd be faced with that sweeet-faced
woman's mortality
wndering if she'd be around to sweep
my daughter's dark hair out of her eyes,
helping her to see more clearly, as she did
for me?


Posted on 08/16/2006
Copyright © 2022 Lisa Marie Brodsky

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