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mother, leave home

a poem

By P. D. MurrayPublished 2 years ago 1 min read
"The Comic Book of the Dead" Mixed media by P.D. Murray 2017

Dear Mom,

I wish you would die.

I wish you would run away from home.

I wish you would return.

Born in the county of Blue Earth, MN,

Named only: Baby Girl Adams

On the first certificate, but raised

To be Ruth and want

Only your own room,

Whatever homes you made or rued

Or dreamed of since are clearly not here.

Where you are now

Is no home, nurses or not.

Where you are now blue veins

Pulse like the Congo seen from space

Under the veil of oxygen.

Your winding sheets are thin and over-washed,

Bluish. The air smells like syringes and feces;

The wan sunlight creeps over faded photos,

And fights with Fox News.

Dear Mom,




I remember how right before the beginning of the end,

Days before Thanksgiving and the first stroke, you said:

Maybe when we die we go to other planets.

This place isn’t your home planet.

It’s where the waiting dead congregate on Jupiter.

Dear Mom,

I wish you would die.

I wish you would leave home

Like a hermit crab bought as a pet in a beach town,

Now with a shell too small, a discomforting confinement,

And find many houses, many rooms, new homes.

I wish you’d shudder off your broken

Broca’s area, and the aphasia that splinters

All wit and words;

Elope from your walker, your bed, the weary fragments

Of the half-memory, the artificial hip,

The sad grilled cheese before the gloaming.

Dear Mom,

I wish you were still unnamed

In Blue Earth County, MN.

Still Baby Girl Adams.

Please go home now.

Please come home now.

Dear Life,

Please release my mom. Release her.


About the Creator

P. D. Murray

Murray is an accomplished painter and writer.

Through 2010, he was shown exclusively by Treehouse Studio Galleries. His work hangs in private collections around the world. He's also published 5 books. You can see more at www.pdmurray.art

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