Evening Yoplait

better homes perfect mom shopped
My aunt. The young one.
Stylish, with it, uncompromising about her home.
Tonight the silver and Franciscan tableware,
the paintings, grand piano, the tiger maple secretary
keep each other company while I state her name
at this center for intermediate care.
A state-of-the-art equipment room dominates the building’s front:
soaring ceiling, panoramic views,
cascading water sounds against marble walls.
I pass through unfamiliar families in the visiting area–
a gowned woman sits in straight-back chair.
I step over the uneven ring of a carpet stain in the hall
and knock at 202 (where my aunt’s name
has been correctly lettered with double “r”).
Her voice comes through the door, the first
it has noticeably aged in almost ninety years–and weak.
I am not prepared for how small she is.
I try to make her bigger in my mind–
fuller through her cheeks and brow–
and remember how vigilantly she stayed brunette.
I find her eyes.
We converse an hour before she reminds me
how handsome I was with shorter hair.
I guess we are even now.
Manners/Nurture demand she share a snack that arrives
and we would have at the end of one of those drives
to an antique store or to gather dried milkweed
or the longer ones to the coast with others
(her peers among us then have died)
but a half-serving pack of Yoplait
hardly holds enough for her to last the night.
She relents to take it all from the white plastic spoon
I somewhat reluctantly control.
BetterHomes cover shopped

Find what’s yours . . . truly, danscir52

copyright 2014 Dan Christensen all rights reserved


About danscir52

Create! Join in the passion of found art and eclecticism. See the potential in free stuff, thrift store finds, spoils from family treasure and your own evolution. Self-style, design your environment as you reuse, recombine, refurbish, reinvent. Here's a key to sources I might mention: gift from Heaven=the item presents itself when you know to ask for it or when the universe clearing house knows you are about to need it (everything below is a subset of the above); dumpster or curbside=somewhat informal community exchange; DI=Deseret Industries, a church-run, all-items-donated thrift store and sheltered workshop; NPS=National Product Sales aka Market Square, a store whose merchandise comes from trucking and other companies dealing in odd lots and undeliverables; ReStore (Habitat for Humanity)=a thrift store offering donated salvaged and unused materials from remodelings or new construction projects; all the other thrift, discount, and consignment shops waiting for you to find what's yours--and add the love!

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