“Another Summer of Love” by Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel



My mother stopped wearing a bra
in the nursing home
because the straps hurt 
her shoulders. I called her a hippie 
and put a flower in her hair.

from Rattle #80, Summer 2023


Denise Duhamel: “As a child I memorized Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Land of Counterpane.’ I remember looking up ‘counterpane’ in the dictionary and was delighted to learn that it meant ‘bedspread.’ I suffered from asthma and could relate to Stevenson’s speaker, a bedridden kid. The poem in this issue also has a bedridden character—my mother, who passed away in July 2021.” (web)

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