Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

My Mother Wants to Look at the River

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

My Mother Wants to Look at the River

Article excerpt

Now she's down to three-or maybe four-

stories that make up her Book of Hours,

the psalm A Night Out Before I Met Your

Father, The Litany of Lost Pets. Drive her

to the Hudson and she'll say, Look at that

beautiful river! The first law of dementia

is that everyone has to agree with you, but

still, there's no possible argument. Look!

Illuminated, blue, green, grey, silver, tree

fringedor bound with the rough jewelry of

the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction,

the River is more than I could tell you with

all my wits, all my poems. All my life, away

from home, I've always picked the window

near the water, but there is no other water,

really. The great sea pounds its chest over

and over outside your vacation cottage, or you

fly over the flash of its vastness, knowing

but for this one cheat of physics, it would

swallow you. …

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