Last Night I Dreamt About My Mother

Long time since I’ve seen her alive

even in a dream. She was difficult in the end

those days have been hard to think of hard to remember

for almost twenty years  so when there she was

in my dream last night my only mother, strong

and beautiful woman from Grand Forks North Dakota

chain smoker even in the end when she was an old lady

a good bridge player until the day she died

Why Quit Everything Now she said a thousand times she did not

want to do what she did not want to do  Who Ever Does

last night in my dream I was telling her what happened

these twenty years and the twenty before that last night

in my dream I told her what I could and my mother

a tough woman who could dance, who could flirt, who liked

Oscar Levant and Adlai Stevenson, who liked my father even loved him,

my mother  proud of her two children but didn’t want to say

she even said once The Queen Doesn’t Cry Ever as though that was a good thing

in my dream my mother sang the song she sang every night when I was a child

You Are My Sunshine  after so many years of not being together we both smiled.



Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. So touched by your beautiful poem about the dream about your mother. There was a woman who I would see from time to time when I was very young and she would sing ”You Are My Sunshine” to me when she came to our home. That became my favorite song — it always made me feel safe and happy. And it was the song I used to put my daughter to bed at night when she was very little. Such a wonderful song that stands the test of time. Your mother sounds like a strong, powerful person, much like you are. Thank you for sharing this. Thank you, too, for writing and sharing your wonderful poems.

  2. Mom came back once in a sundress. Haven’t seen her since. But she was thirty and happy and younger than me! Thank you Esther for yet another beautiful piece. You are dear.

  3. Beautiful, my 91 year mama passed on Oct 13th this year. Your words are meaningful and helped my ‘yearning’ of ‘perfect’ time with mom. We are human, we are stubborn, we sometimes don’t say the words that would be so meaningful…. but eternally love. Thank you Katherine

  4. Esther, this poem about your momma was so poignant. I’d LOVE to be able to have a dream or two about my momma, who had won at duplicate bridge 4 days before she died at 95 in 2003. So I am a bit envious of your dream!

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