Kelli Simpson - Poems (2)
Green Fuzzy Robe
After my mama died,
I wrapped myself in her green fuzzy robe
to hold her to my heart a little longer.
I sank into the scent of her living;
My hands stank of her death.
had stripped her soiled gown and washed her bone stretched skin.
Brushed her hair and found her teeth before her mouth stiffened.
Diapered her in case any body fluids leaked.
are so like hers -
nurse to nurse
mother to daughter.
My hands did what they had been trained to do, then
in her green fuzzy robe
to hold her to my heart
just a little bit longer.
Fallow and at rest
not thinking or dreaming
not seeing or hearing
her eulogy of stars
(Text © Kelli Simpson - Publication: Summer 2018)