Goodbye from Mom … a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Image: “Winter in Maryland,” by Alice B. Clagett, ca. 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

GOODBYE FROM MOM
by Alice B. Clagett
–1:30 pm on Freeway 210, Saturday, 23 May 2009,
heading out to a Sierra Club retreat at Mount Baldy

It was a warm spring day in Southern California,
and not too smoggy either.
My mother’s health had been failing.
I called her up and the caretaker handed her the phone.

I said, “Hi, mom, it’s Alice.”

She said, “Honey, I love you, you know I do,
but I have to go. I’m sorry.”
And she started to cry.

I said, “That’s ok, mom. I love you too.”
And she handed the phone back to the caretaker.

It’s no good crying on a freeway. I ought to pull over and stop.

Image: “Winter in Maryland,” by Alice B. Clagett, ca. 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0


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