Monday, April 10, 2006

Early Morning Fragment

I awaken this morning feeling fat and lax.
I don’t know how long we can go on this way,
how long I can. Holding on is the ripple,
the small sound, the slip of a turn or move-
ment, the hope in the night.
But ripples dissipate. They fade.
And what remains is chore,
the same as yesterday:
getting him up
for breakfast news-
paper, forget the change of clothes
the shower, just get him fed ...

This is an early morning fragment.
I’ll finish later when a ripple
returns.

-Esther Altshul Helfgott

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Esther,
He is getting better care from you then he would anywhere else.
B.

12:01 PM  

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