Mother May I, poem by Paul Fericano (May Poetry Series)

A brilliant piece of memory and family

Silver Birch Press

by Paul Fericano 

Mother, may I
sit beside you
on the green mohair couch

late at night
like a wakeful dreamer
and watch old movies

on the black and white
television set
with bent rabbit ears

and rest awhile
near your soft and gentle heart
until I fall asleep?

Yes, you may
Mother, may I
light yourmenthol cigarettes
with the brushed chrome

cigarette lighter
that father gave you
on your first wedding anniversary

and marvel as the smoke rings
float like halos
just above your head?

Yes, you may
Mother, may I
tell the woeful stories
you tried to tell

of love gone bad
that left you alone
to live this stubborn life?
No, you may not
but you may
take three steps backward
and finish this poem


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Fericano is a poet, satirist and social activist. In 1980 he co-founded (with…

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4 thoughts on “Mother May I, poem by Paul Fericano (May Poetry Series)

  1. Chris, Thanks so much for your kind words about Paul Fericano’s poem “Mother May I,” and for the reblog (and retweet). We appreciate you and your generosity of spirit. Many thanks…

    Best wishes,
    Silver Birch Press


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