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A Lament Rises from the Nursing Home

"A shadow covers his brain"

Published onJul 30, 2023
A Lament Rises from the Nursing Home

Photo by Stefano Pollio:

My father is unshaven as though he just woke –
grey stubble on bruised skin.

What time is it? he asks. It’s 3 pm, I answer.
Shouldn’t I be asleep? he asks.

His eyes opaque, search mine,
seek something I cannot provide.

A shadow covers his brain, the one that once knew
Greek and Latin unable now to hold

five minutes of English.
I want to go home, he says. Why can’t I go home?

His day has turned into night. Night confuses him.
I hold his hand and stroke his bony back.

Margaret Anne Kean received her BA in British/American Literature from Scripps College and her MFA from Antioch University/Los Angeles. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in, Eunoia Review, Drizzle Review, EcoTheo Review and Tupelo Quarterly. She is collaborating with a Portland, Oregon composer to set a tanka series. Kean lives in Pasadena, California.

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