Each Breath (a tanka sequence)

Mom
with her head in her hands
on the toilet
not bothering
to close the door

trembling lips
grip a plastic tube…
she drags
each breath
up a steeper hill

minutes after
the breathing treatment
Mom falls asleep…
I leave without waking her
For Dancing with the Stars

the family room
with no hospital bed
or oxygen tank…
a realtor calls it
an open space

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2 thoughts on “Each Breath (a tanka sequence)

  1. I don’t usually read sequences because in general, I think they’re too long, but I’m glad I read yours. It was very touching and I really liked how you contrasted your mom’s life with watching Dancing With the Stars.

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