Senior Housing - Claire Scott

only 400
square feet
a living room
like a canary cage
the canary
long gone

a closet disguised
as a bedroom
small cot
and a child’s chair
no dog-eared
books and stacks

of CDs without
jewel cases
Byatt and Banville
and Beethoven
banished
to Pickup Please

no place for
paintings or
puzzles missing
a piece of the sky
only a cracked
terracotta pot

on a dollhouse
table, only
the cup from
my daughter
a wobbly heart
and Best Mom Ever

spalling into smaller
and smaller pieces
no proof
of the past
to say I was
here once
no way to leap
ahead to before

Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014).  She was a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was recently published by IF SF Publishing.  Claire is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Berkeley, CA.  She lives with her husband in Oakland, CA and has two children, two children by marriage and five grandchildren.  All of which keep her wonderfully busy!