Only Love

I hold my mother 

And weep.

She cries like a child.

She wants her mother; 

She wants to go home.

Why won’t I take her?

She is home.

I lift her 

In and out 

Of cars 

And chairs;

Change soiled diapers 

And bathe her.


For imagined wrongs

I smile 

And say 

I love you.


Then forgotten—

I answer 

To any name.


And distracted

We drift 

From doing nothing,

To doing nothing.

I practice patience;

Learn acceptance;

Experience peace.

Days creep

Full of nothing, 

And everything—

Only Love matters.

Love Poem for My Mother, July 4, 2013