Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mother

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mother

Article excerpt

Hang on, sleep, for

just a few minutes more,

seconds more like it.

Don't let this feeling go.

She's standing at the stove,

wearing her waist apron over

her wool skirt and low heels.

Always dressed, even cooking for eight or ten.

Sloppy joes or chili or Swiss steak

in that terrifying pressure cooker.

"Hot stuff," she'd say, and we knew

to move out of her way to the sink.

To cool off that weird rocking top.

She's sitting at the kitchen table,

small plate of cheese and crackers.

Glass of beer. Thick book,

"Winds of War," maybe. Maybe

the Press or Wall Street Journal.

Waiting for all of us to wander in,

bell on the side door jingling.

No sneaking in or out here.

Then sit and talk, kiss her cheek

and head to bed. …

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