June 2021 Winner

Mother Versus Memory

Johanna Zomers


Mother, wearing her pyjamas

inside out, knows the looks they

slide each other, the nods

the stove-side huddles.


Finds the burner knobs

after they leave,

the missing fuses.

candles vanished

into dark drawers.


The calendar is fuzzy

the month argues with her.

doctor appointments in red.

Turn the page. Only what is seen

can happen.


If only the blue and green days

could hold forever: summer

and hens and the cat

going about their own affairs

none of them caring a whit

about a blessed

thing outside of this moment.