Mom Saying Goodbye

I was going to blog about the best cars to buy to survive the coming Zombie Apocalypse but then a friend of mine sent me this beautiful poem which seems much more appropriate for this Memorial Day weekend.  Those of us with elderly parents can easily relate.


Mom Saying Goodbye
by Carol Teltschick 

I call my mother everyday
California to Texas
We talk and laugh

Around and in between the spaces
of a disease in her brain
We talk and laugh

Of things she knows but can’t remember
We know she loves
We talk

I remind her she combed lice
From my hair for
hours

My hair was thick her hands grew tired
Always home for the daughter
who traveled to wild places

Still so much easier than
hanging up a phone
today

How do I turn this thing off, honey? What do I do with it now?
Ok, that’s the end of it.  Do I push anything down? Does it go there?

It’s always something going. I don’t know why.
We’ve got to get this thing going down.

Honey, can you help me? Gosh, she sounds so sweet.  I have to get it…

She’s gone? She’s gone.
Ok, it’s bye…

California to Texas: expect delays and alternate routes
We talk and laugh
With love

Morro Bay, March 2019

20 thoughts on “Mom Saying Goodbye

    • It depends on what kind of zombie you’re trying to avoid. If the world is overrun with zombies then you’ll spend most of your time trying to outrun them so you want a solar powered luxury SUV with refrigerator, etc cause you’ll be living in your vehicle. It’s all very complicated.

      • I assume you’ve read WWZ and the other excellent The Girl with all the Gifts? WWZ was nothing like the movie. Zombies? What about the Conservation of Energy?
        Only TGWATG seems to have recognized the need for the CoE. WWZ’s zombies living for months if not years underwater? What?

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