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Mother

Photo by Ross Brinkerhoff

By Peter Greene

Have you seen your brother lately?

A question rising out of
a mind confused
so clearly came the message

Have you seen your brother lately?

So focused
these words in the midst of
her confusion
her loss
of all things present

Have you seen your brother lately?

Her purpose in life
more visible as she disappeared
inside her memories

Tortured by an inability
to reconcile
inner and outer worlds,
yet
always the shepherd
worried about her flock

from that muddled mind
like a soldiers battle cry

Have you seen your brother lately?

Making sure her life’s
not in vain
evidence of effort
grasping
for a comfort
as past becomes present!

Have you seen your brother lately?

Not a question
a statement of purpose!

This mothers life
a mother
mother

Have you seen my brother lately?