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Nausea fills my stomach,
my foot on the gas pedal,
pity, guilt, love, sadness,
as I venture past the familiar maple trees,
and make the right turn at the convenience store to the
white house with
"Hello, I’m home," are the words which echo through the
anticipating a response,
The good old days,
telling me to come home by 10:00 p.m.,
forcing me to drink my milk because it is good for me,
praising me for getting A’s,
are now a part of the past.
The figure before me stares out the window,
extends from her body to mine.
But I know she holds on to the familiar,
the photos over the mantle,
the overused blue couch in the living room,
the paintings from my youth,
her only hope.
is all I need,
to know that I’ve had a good day.
Now the State intrudes,
wishes to take away her hope,
and place her body,
in a sterile, unfamiliar room,
which has no meaning.
Her silent tears,
cannot be muted by her inability,
to express herself.
I once resided in her womb.
9 months of aqueous bliss,
oblivious to the world,
but safe and secure,
surrounded by the familiar.
My mother must receive the same,
to go full circle,
I fight for this.