Visiting Hours

DSC01342In a loosely gathered knot,
cousins from different airports
arrive at her bedside, morphine placed
beneath her tongue, a liquid sacrament.

Friends want her to recognize them,
to repeat names, to remember
how they used to spend summers together with the kids.
In one moment she catches fire, the next, forgets.

The children don’t know what to say,
hold up a birdcage,
a red mug of coffee to her lips,
try to entice her back to breakfast

as though she were a child,
and the coffee, candy,
which she doesn’t take.
When she sleeps, she dreams

of her husband on the beach,
near a lake where they swam
in the cold water of the Catskills.
Her visiting hours keep getting longer.

  • Review of my poetry collection “Two Places” by Nina Serrano of Estuary Press.
  • Links to My Work

    Two Places: Cross the Bay Bridge to Oakland, California and walk the bayous of Louisiana
    Price(USD): $15.00

    About Lenore Weiss

    Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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