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  Mary E. Moore is a retired physician/educator who has written poetry on occasion over the years but who has written it regularly only since her retirement in 2004. Since then, in addition to several anthologies, her poems have been published in The Raintown Review, Möbius, The Eclectic Muse, The Hyper Texts, Tapestries, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Amaze, and Umbrella Journal.  Additional work can also be read at her website.  

Fall 2007

Table of Contents - Vol. III, No. 3

Poetry    Translations    Interview    Essays    Fiction    Book Notes & Reviews


Mary E. Moore


Flying Solo

He practices takeoffs.

Two nights in a row, he climbs out of bed,
over raised rails, makes it to a chair,
preferring not to face death flat on his back.

I stack pots and pans around his bed
a clatter alarm, to wake me in time
to prevent his falling down nearby stairs.

The next morning, after a quiet night,
he is once again sitting up in the chair,
aluminum barricade undisturbed.

When he qualified for hospice care,
we abandoned our common course,
plotted separate routes, learned new skills.

I engaged daytime home-health aides,
rearranged the master bedroom and bath
to best accommodate the care of one.

Renting a hospital bed, I had it installed
where my half of our conjoined twins
once stood, settled myself in the guestroom.

I practice landings.


© Mary E. Moore

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