Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Mother's Smile

My Mother's Smile

I don't know how, my mother says
When told to smile for the camera.
The truth is, she doesn't like the way 
She looks, so in pictures, she mostly stares.
Somewhere, un gros chien noir
Walks across my grave.
Ghost of a smile, that shadow on her face.
Truth is, she is no laugher. Never was.


  1. I think your mother,Karen, is my wife. Until the last grandchild was born you couldn't even get her in front of a camera.

  2. My mom hated cameras, but she was for sure a laugher. I managed to catch her smile enough times so that I have the essence of her now that she's gone. That Dr. M though - I have the hardest time making him smile for the camera!