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it's midnight and I'm writing love letters
on my skin to the woman who raised me. it's midnight
and every limb has a story. all
my collarbone remembers is the frantic
hurry of your footsteps when it broke under the weight
of gravity and mistaken desire to fly and my
broken pink umbrella, long-gone, remembers too. my elbows
remember the firm pull of your hands in the grocery
store. my cheeks remember your makeup and
my clumsy fingers dipping in like paint pots and my neck
remembers all your strands of pearls. I remember
when you were young again and wearing
red and holding cups of tea in hands
that didn't shake yet and I remember hands that knew how
to peel apples, curling skins like red ribbons over
the edge of the blade, confident
in motion, and I remember your voice and I remember
your songs and I remember.

it's midnight and the water is cold and I
am somewhere beyond feeling. but
my love letters are only ink and they are washing
away and I watch them swirl at my feet and I
want you to know that you're going to god with
my love and my love and my love and my love and all
my love letters say the same thing to the woman
who is leaving me behind: I
am remembering you.
my grandmother is dying and she
hasn't recognised me for years. but I remember her,
even when she doesn't remember me.

God, take her with my love and my heart and my everything.
I give her to you with my blessings.

---

I can't say what I'm trying to say in this poem but I need to and I'm trying.
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chinoise56 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing and well done.  my grandmother had Alzheimer's for well over 15 years.  She was the most confident, classy, well traveled person I have ever met & your poem brought that all back.  Thank you.
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angelichope Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Pure beauty!!!!!!!!!
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this-epiphany Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Writer
thank you :heart: this is a very special piece to me.
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angelichope Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
You're very welcome!:)
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stopdropandroll Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
holy shit...I would that someone with your voice remember me when the dust about me as settled.
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Littlewolf91 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I keep coming back to this and it makes me cry every time. I don’t think I can do it justice – it’s beautiful, haunting and heartbreaking.
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turnipcrusador Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Beautiful poem. Haunting. Touching. Personal. Your imagery is incredible. The part about the shaking hands, the red ribbons of apple skin, and the swirling poems washing into the water are my favorites. Beautiful poem.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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riotkim Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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ghostgray Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
very touching. Wonderful pacing as well.
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