jessicacolleenmcdermott

Poetry/Creative non-fiction/fiction

Dreaming a Mother to Life December 12, 2012

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Once I dreamt a child in a striped shirt was left on my doorstep.

I cradled her all night, swayed in the brown recliner you

 

folded laundry in, while I slept upstairs.

Her body warm in my arms, head carved against my chest,

 

her dark hair a curly bob sliced straight at her chin. Like

my hair at six. The scent of ammonia after two perms- our hair

only different in color.

 

It is the only place I see you beyond gray stone. Beyond an engraved

name, the outline gone black with time- a repeated

 

dream. Your body wrapped in a green nightgown, the soft creek of

a swaying chair, the stroke of hands soothing fabric still hot with

dryer’s breath.

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