House of the Tomato

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Titles: “What She Carried” or “What She Said” or “Mothers Still Worry”

(a pantoum… poem for the Vietnam book—) Title? which one? I started with W”hat she Carried” ( like a burden—but it isn’t referenced anywhere in the poem..so I am leaning toward “What she Said”

 

Mothers still worry about their little boys, you know.
He’s not doing well, my sister-in-law says.
My mother, 84, needs to see her first-born,
we drive from Wisconsin to Minnesota to Iowa. 

He’s not doing well, my sister-in-law says,
as we follow the rain on black, shiny pavement,
we drive from Wisconsin, to Minnesota, to Iowa.
Sister-in-law says, He looks like an old man now,

as we follow the rain on black, shiny pavement.
We arrive in time for dinner, shocked at his decline. 
Sister-in-law says, He looks like an old man now.
Mother sits next to him, takes his hand and says…

We arrive in time for dinner, shocked at his decline.
His hands quiver, eyes look flat with a gaze of giving up.
Mother sits next to him, takes his hand and says,
Mothers still worry about their little boys, you know.

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