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Missing Mother
by Kathleen Hayes Phillips

I am an old woman now
so it might seem strange to you
but there are times
when I just want my mother

No one else knew
how to hold a cold cloth
on a hot brow
with just the right feel
or rub the right spot
so sleep could come

How to make warm milk-toast
with cinnamon and sugar
Mashed bananas
Frothy egg nog with extra vanilla

And if I could just hear her say
     There There
     Everything's going
     to be just fine
I might believe it could come true


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