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My Mother’s Song
by Patti Tana

We tied the line
                between strong trees
                                clear across the yard

I gave her pins
                one by one
                                as she gave me her song

Clothes caught the song
                                and snapped against the sky

Leaves rustled the song
                and birds
                                tossed it like a bouquet

Now I sing a song
                a tall tree song
                                soft blue memory

wrapped in the clothes
                she washed and smoothed
                                and draped in the sky for me




First published: Ask the Dreamer Where Night Begins: Poems & Postscripts (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1986) by Patti Tana


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