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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4


Last Words
Miriam Sagan


I tended my mother-in-law Claire when she was dying at home.

"I have something to say," she whispered to us.

My husband and I bent in close.

"And it isn't very deep," she added. The gist was that although she wanted to eat, she really couldn't.

Her last request to me was to get her comb and brush from the little wicker table in the other room.

"Your house is so cluttered," I teased her. "A little table! Where?"

She laughed. I brushed her hair and lay down to take a nap. My husband sat by her bed until she died.

since your mother's death
you do the crossword puzzle--
filling in the blanks.

Miriam Sagan Miriam Sagan is the author of over 20 books, including poetry, Rag Trade (La Alameda) and a memoir, Searching for a Mustard Seed (Quality Words in Print). Her haiku, tanka, and haibun have appeared widely internationally. She is the editor of Elizaberth Searle Lamb's collected work, Across the Windharp. She runs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College and can be found at her e-zine Santa Fe Poetry Broadside (