Mike’s Mother (County Route 20)

Mike wears white clothes

when he paints. He painted everything

in our house and now he’ll paint next door.

Mike’s mother came from Poland and she

had nothing.  Married an Italian man

although he did not speak Polish and she

could not speak English but Mike said they

were probably happier not speaking. She took

the bus to clean houses and many days

she brought home stray dogs. Never cats.

Mike said  when she died there were 24

dogs in her house.   He has one dog now.

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.

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