she lost herself under covers

didn’t want to come out

it was too cold out there

wet from pouring rain

creating floods of dirty water

not even rain boots could wade

blanket wrapped between thighs,

around back, under chin

cinched tight

just like mother used to do

she tugged it above her nose

just eyes peeked out

all day

she stayed like that

losing her spark in cotton sheets

until nothing left

empty bed

flat sheet flat

hospital corners tucked tight

not a lump or bump of her

left under the duvet


and then the rain stopped.


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