"The last good photo of my mother ... both of us, ready to attend the wedding of a friend's daughter - ca. 1990." ~Joseph

Fleeting ...
memories flash,
unbidden, unexpected,
often poignant.

'twas of my mother,
mere days before she died.

She was in a nursing home.
She had cancer.

This one evening,
as I was making ready to leave,
she patted her mattress,
bid me sit a minute
and look at her.

When I asked her why,
she stroked my cheek and replied,
"So I can see your beautiful face."

Nine years on ...
that memory always
chokes me up,
bring tears to my eyes.

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