Sometimes amidst her jungle of gibberish,
Mother says, “Is everyone all right?”
Or “Do you need any money?”
Even if it’s just mechanical:
a phonograph needle dropped
into one or two surviving grooves.
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For awhile I reminded her what a wonderful mother,
wife and teacher she had been.
“Really?” she said, trying to find that person in the fog.
from Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems by Toni Mergentime Levi
from The Radiant Way by Margaret Drabble