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Mother on Morphine

by LindaAnn Lo Schiavo

A madman crushed her favorite makeup
To paint my mother’s floor. Imagine rouge
On top of powders, scattered door to door.
“I’ll clean this up!” I say till she’s relieved,
Obedient enough to swallow her
Tart, medicated, Lotos-like ice cream.
She’s less combative, calmed by her morphine.
The mind’s embrasures, freed from pain’s embrace,
Will search for entertainment and escape
Confinement, longing to erase what’s real.
Mom’s traveling through Tinseltown and Rome
Of sixty years ago, a fond time when
Magnani commandeered “The Rose Tattoo.”
Perhaps to mother films were fancy cures.
An audience suspected everything,
Eventually, would turn out just fine.
My mopping scrolls sweet fictions she can screen
Through fantasy, delaying hideous
Mortality, the final credits roll,
When shovels dance and dust returns to dust.

Since Roxynol has brought its soft hammer
To bear on mother’s habit of rebuke,
We’re playing she’s an actress, which helps script
Our mock reality. We call this place
“A dressing room,” her home “a trailer” parked
Aside the set. She’s idle now because
It’s needed — — her director will demand
That shot where she looks rested. It’s agreed
She’ll close her eyes while I beat grief from rugs.
Making a comeback, newly patient, she
Rehearses. It’s an unfamiliar role,
With gentle words expressed with self-control,
Extending herself to unseen marquees.
Detecting flickers of excitement keyed
By movie light, I hope there’s room for me.


Biography
Native New Yorker LindaAnn Lo Schiavo is completing her 2nd
documentary film on Texas Guinan [1884-1933]. To revive her spirits, she
puts pen to paper. 101 Fiction, Hawaii Review, Ink & Letters,
Metamorphose, Measure, Moon Magazine, Mused, Nous, OTV Magazine,
and Peacock Journal are some recent credits.
Stop by for a highball at
TexasGuinan.blogspot.com
Twitter: @Mae_Westside
World's Best Poems, p. 14

Mother on Morphine

by LindaAnn Lo Schiavo
(New York, New York, USA)

Second Place:
Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Contest #14
Originally Published in
Wax Poetry and Art, May 26, 2018
"Mother on Morphine" by LindaAnn Lo Schiavo
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