Arlyn

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BIRTHDAY 65
BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS

I always thought
my grandmother
came that way
with graying hair
and glasses
with old lady shoes
not the stylish pumps
my mother wore
The way she would
forget things
I never thought
that one day I…

What was I saying?

Oh, Grandma Bessie
She worked
in a garment factory
until she retired
at age 65
She’d laugh as tears
came down her cheeks
grating onions for latkes
Her teeth sat in a glass of water
on the bed stand overnight
In the end
she had Alzheimer’s…

What was I saying?


 

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