WATCHING MOTHER

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
A BOY AND HIS MOTHER.

Submitted: December 31, 2011

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Your mother is peeling apples

for the apple pie

and you stand watching her

and say can I have some peelings?

Sure she says

it’s probably the best part anyway

and you notice she has tears in her eyes

and wonder if the old man

has had a go at her again

like that time over the camera

and her saying jokingly

you look like some tourist

in upstate New York

and he thumped her one

and her lip bled

and you stood watching

keeping your mouth shut

but wanting to go at him

but you being too small

stood still

and as she peels the apples

you watch her hands

go over the apples

with a skill of years of experience

and you watch as the tears

run down the side of her nose

and fall like raindrops

on to her busy hands

and you focus like some artist

at the way that they land.


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