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helene

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Gone
« on: November 03, 2010, 09:35:42 AM »
Friends of ours had just left from a dinner party,
When the phone rang.
It was my mother.
"Lesley is gone!! Was in the bathroom!", she cried,
"And the police are here!"
But I'm used to my mother's hysterics,
And Lesley had run away before.
"Ok Mom.", I quickly replied, "This is what you do:
You give a photo of Lesley to the police,
Declare her as 'missing' so they can find her!"
(Because that's what I did,
When Lesley had run away before.)
By this time my husband Barry,
Hovers nearby, Looking anxiously at me,
Knowing something is terribly wrong.
"NO! You don't understand!",
My mother yells into the phone,
"Lesley is GONE!!"
No words flash through my conscious brain,
There is no time for that,
But way down below inside of me,
A voice cries out: "Gone means DEAD!"
And I burst into tears,
While something else in me slides down, down a sudden slipperly slope,
Into instant oblivion and despair.
"Now, now...none of THAT!", my mother scolds, tense,
Having been forever allergic to emotion,
While I look helplessly at Barry who's expression cries out at me for an answer.
"Lesley", I mouth, while my mother tells me the police will soon visit us,
"Is dead!", and I see my husband's face turn from dread to pain,
And feel myself fighting from going insane.

Helene.


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Re: Gone
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 11:29:53 AM »
Like this although it brings back disturbing memories when I lost my mom 25 years ago, so similar.  I remember one of my sisters on the phone telling my aunt, crying and screaming that "mom is gone".  So hard to believe sometimes, after 25 years...  deebee

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Re: Gone
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2010, 06:14:41 AM »
Hi Deebee,

Yes I knew this one would be difficult for people to read  - would bring back extremely painful memories for people. Thank you for sharing yours with me. I really appreciate it. I know it's terribly difficult.

Helene.


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