Eris Quod Sum

  • 28 September 2015, 10:22 pm
  • By Claire
  • in Creative Writing

Eris Quod Sum
(I was what you are, you will be what I am)

Her face frozen in time with news of her mother’s passing
My mother had been a daughter at long-distance
Cord cut
Not lifted
She didn’t make the call

In a mirror my mother’s reflection as she painted her face on
An apparition had appeared with a sudden shudder
Before she knew
Ghostly goodbye
Still no water fell from her eyes

When I saw my mother stiff slumped dying in her chair
We had not spoken a sentence for two years
Fault-line dilated
Child forsaken
She was as Niobe turning to stone

Then in a night’s dream I felt as if I too was dying
As she came to my side in a vision
Slipping within
Clinging to life
Into my arms a daughter’s cry