The launch of Same Sky by Cindy Keong is now just a handful of days away… so I thought that it was time to open the covers of the book here at ALS and share a poem with you all. Here’s the achingly beautiful Not Ready Yet.
Not Ready Yet
My mother is serene in her hospital bed.
Comfort is the slow drip of saline and
her out-of-tune breath.
Days are connected by a footbridge
of waiting. I expand my scientific
vocabulary with words that mean death.
My brothers huddle in the courtyard
sipping coffee from paper cups. The plate glass
prevents me from hearing, but I can read faces.
We talk, well at least I do. She slides off
her engagement ring, places it my palm
warm and worn thin from 50 years of marriage.
I hold the ring for hours thinking, what I’d give
to wake at dawn and hear her
whistle in tune with the radio.
I would also like to thank everyone who has ordered a copy of the book this week. I can announce that the lucky person who will receive a free copy of First Words Volume 1: Private Conversations by Cameron Hindrum is Martha Landman. The pre-launch special ends this Saturday, so for all of you who still want to take advantage of this deal, you can do so at: anotherlostshark.bigcartel.com