A robust, beefy smaell bubbles up,
wafts insistently from the large dented
pot gurgling on the back burner as Mother,
uniformed in her ruffled apron, busies
herself with the prime task of her day,
preparation of a hearty dinner.
Her wrist snaps expertly, methodically,
rapidly slicing vegetables for the pot,
while the cozy aroma of flour and yeast
nuzzles my nose as she folds tufts of
batter before flicking off tender lumps of
dumplings into the steaming stew.
Fifty ;years to the day, her eyes dart apprehensively
around the room until fixing upon her caregiver
determined attention, her inept hands gripping
rolled washcloths in a permanently atrophied clutch.
Birdlike, she oens greedily for each mouthful
of offered puree that staves off hunger, keeps her
earthbound for yet another day.
first published in The Oak
©2016 Bonnie Manion