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Edward Hopper2

Rehab by David Bottoms

In 308 my mother is stewing. Not because a nurse smashed
her porcelain vase and scattered roses across the floor,

or because an aide swiped an apple salvaged from her lunch tray.

Even now from this bed, she feels dust
glazing her china cabinet, wind whistling

under the plate glass door in the den. The chill circles her kitchen.

The furnace is off, the house trembling. The bony clock creaks
in the shifting corner. Leaves swirl in the garage.

In 308 my mother broods, her cracked ribs are slow to mend.

She lies on her back, hands at her side, jaw set,
staring at the ceiling, at the blistered ceiling,

as though what she studies

are answers written in a secret code
and not just water stains under a light fixture.

More art by Edward Hopper here.
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