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Upset Parrot by Maurice Schulman

Poetry


Wearing My Dead Motherīs Clothes

Jane Butkin Wagner

as if keeping close to my skin
the garments that were next to her own
and still smelled of her
would hold her closer

but no matter how many
fittings and alterations and refittings
I was still, at fifty,
her little girl playing dress-up

until finally, I gave away her clothes
to those who had no part of their history
as I chose to hold my motherīs memory
in other places

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I have not yet given away her jewelry but I suppose that must happen some day.
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