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Bobbi toddles from the bed
to the closet to the bathroom to
the end table to the dresser

to the bed again, red-eyed
from sobbing. “Mom, please,”
I kiss her head, coaxing

the dead to stop living, “you
have my consent, if you need
it.” Then she hugs me even

tighter, saying nothing, and
she rubs my back, small circles,
no endings, no beginnings.

Gary Rainford

Author of Salty Liquor (2014) and Liner Notes (2017) Gary Rainford lives year-round on Swan's Island with his wife and daughter. Gary's third book in progress is a verse novel that tells the story of his mother's dementia and Alzheimer's disease.​

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