I stared at our old pear tree
crying as rain coated fur
coats – pears strewn about
the lawn – ants and worms
Were you there Mother?
No one saves bruised fruit
or has time to cut away a
rotten spot – like Grandma.
Are you with Grandma?
You remember Grandma
took care of bruised fruit
tossed scraps from her second
floor window – of our city flat,
to feed blackbirds.
Perhaps you are back in Middle?
Those maple trees – you’d remember
growing back home, in your town –
“Middle” – Mother always
said “Middle” not Middle Granville
a place near the border of Vermont –
Mother, bet your proud of those Maples. . .
Maple trees – crying like the pear tree,
but into thin tin buckets – buckets
attached to mighty strong trunks –
tin buckets filled with maple syrup.
Mother, I know you can see me.
I bet all those trees with buckets
were glad to see you home –
you climbed their limbs – you tied
tin to their trunks – you hid beneath
a Maple tree like a piece of scorned
Mother, you are not there – on the crest
gazing over rusted train tracks, tracks
twisting around raised stones – tracks
near your brother’s bar – you’re not
resting near trees crying into buckets
You see Mother – now you can fly.
We know resting in peace wasn’t your
Mother, why did you touch his face?
I’m pleased – you made him believe
you are watching over us –
You see me, hear me, listen to all my
words and answer in your own way.
Mother – yes we believe.
The day we placed a wreath at your
grave – knee deep in snow, we noticed
snow inside tin buckets –
Did you notice too?
We talked about the other side ever
since I could remember – telling me of
my birth, all those who died before you,
greeting you – we talked as I grew –
I grew to understand, and we talked
when you were dying.
You’re right here watching me as I
But why not touch my face?
So fly Mother, fly near the border
where slate resembles slabs of
fudge – where rocks fall into streams
where maples do cry into buckets,
and your talking with all your friends
now resting on the crest.
Nancy Duci Denofio (c)2011 allrightsreserved