Poetry Corner: Seeing Her in a New Light

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Seeing Her in a New Light

Photograph, May 1970

by Joanne Troppello

She plays with Tabby in the living room.

Her hands move the white string,

baiting the kitten.

Tabby’s black body stops and watches

with precision, arching her back

preparing to jump.

The kitten whacks her paw,

claws reaching for the string.

She picks Tabby up

hearing her contented purr as her

small body is lovingly stroked.

I look at this photograph

and see my mom in a new light.

She must have been

different, yet the same before

I was born.

I sit in similar fashion

and play with Taffy and Ginger today.

Taffy and Ginger are not Tabby

and yet they are.

Almost the same with mom and me.

© Joanne Troppello


About the Poet

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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