Back Pain

She stood there
in the kitchen
laughing and
burning the fried chicken
kneading bread
sifting flour
for cookie dough
or
mixing orange Tang with tea
or
Selling Tupperware
or Avon
or Amway

Always the best
at what she did
Always

Then
one day
she changed

They call it medication
slurred speech
sleepy days
sleepless nights
spent with QVC
and eBay

Painless
Lifeless
Quietly disappearing
into nothing
while I watch
in anger
and helplessness
knowing
They
will keep writing
one prescription
after another
and another,,,

The laughter’s gone
I miss it
And I can’t bring it back

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