To Catch a Salamander
by Alice B. Clagett


photo by Alice B. Clagett

This is a poem about a time
 when I was taking care of my mom
 during the last seven years of her life.
 As an empath, I could feel her sense of
 disorientation in the evenings.
 This is about the first time that happened.

. . .

Like a sparrow
     with a broken wing 

My mother fell
     into a pool

                      of madness

And I

              fell in too.
 

It was our first time there,
     in those sad haunts. 

She didnít like it much,
     and so we surfaced

               soon
 

to grasp the day

like a child
          turning over
                       a rotten log

to catch a salamander

     --a gift from Alice,
       September 2005


from "The Chalice and the Crucible"   Site home page: 2U3D

 

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