if at a distance

dreaming

you were there

listening in

holding me

if at a distance

while I choked

on the word

mother

the word I never got to say

in the waking world

without qualification

runaway step or birth

& when I woke choking

I heard my reply to

are you ok?

as

yeah just a bad dream

at a loss

on how to explain these things

to one who loves her own

so much?

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