The 2River View 25.1 (Fall 2020)

Bern Mulvey

The Morning

The morning my mom
forgot who I was
or who she was
was that cornflower
blue you see sometimes
here in September
when the desert shifts
from night into dawn,
the streets still empty
as I drove her through
blinking red lights
to the hospital.
I sat alone there
waiting to hear what
pieces would be left
us, the coke I drank
so cold it sent a
spike through my head.

Bern Mulvey teaches writing at Arizona State University. His first book, The Fat Sheep Everyone Wants, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize; and his second book, Deep Snow Country, won the FIELD Poetry Prize.

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