The Phone Call

Her familiar voice
sounds over the telephone,
calling for a break
from her loneliness, again.
Across the city the daughter
at home near her professional job
is at a loss for words, again.

Until late marriage
the mother lived her life
at home ruled by her father
until his final illness when she
went out to work at age thirty,
struggling in her new world.

Now her daughter is single,
middle aged, time for her
to settle down in her parents’ home,
look after them. This is the life
the mother knew, keeps hinting.
She is worn out after battling
marriage, husband, children…
…and still lonely.

As she grows older the daughter
has thought she will be able to
link with her mother, find
the fabled mother daughter bond.
“Come home now, it is time
for you to look after us,”
the mother tells her daughter.

And the daughter knows
they will never connect now,
whether she stays in the world
or returns to her parents’ home.

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The Phone Call

9 thoughts on “The Phone Call

  1. I love your poetry, especially this one. My mother lives with me since a fire three years ago destroyed her home. I write about our relationship and call it Fire/Water. I’ve been out of town since Thursday. She called me twice today because she’s lonely…I will call her again soon to tell her goodnight. But for now, you have inspired me to write!

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    1. I am glad you have been inspired to write. Sometime after this phone call it became apparent that my mother was in the early stages of dementia at the time. It is impossible to keep dementia patients safe after a while. My father had to put her into residential care as she was awake 224/7, only catnapping from time. to time. So make sure you look after yourself and keep both of you safe. This is a hard time for you, so all the best, and keep writing.

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