Daughter’s dilemma


Pauletta Hansel lives in Cincinnati, and today’s poem is from her book “Palindrome,” from Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. It’s a collection of poems about her mother’s dementia, and although there have been many individual poems about that subject, by many poets, I know of no other book by just one poet that so completely and artfully sums up the emotions associated with that painful deterioration.

The View from There

Where in the world

does my mother go, eyes

shut so tight her lower lashes

curl in toward a view

that’s hers alone?

Yesterday she told

me—after the rains, the winds

came, and this morning

that’s what they do.