you have the best and the worst
of your mother and of me
we’ve all been hurt by one another
we have laughed and cried together
and still, we are of the lucky
we bring chicken soup
you are our heart, our sun
terrible at times to behold
but always melting the ice
when you were ten
you donned my big parka
and went out with your friends
it was dragging in the snow
but you did not care
and when you came home you refused to take it off
last night you took me to hospital
i told you to go home, so you did
and slept in my bed. my bed.
tonight, i found your accidental bobby pin
and, under my pillow,
your on purpose peppermint.
Painting by Lee. (On iPad)
Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.