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Family Care Giver

by Sharon Scholl

She marks the hours by duties done,

minutes melting into memorized routines

performed as liturgies of love.

Close up of two hands touching with one appearing to be older than the other.
Image credit: Alexander Grey on Unsplash

Her days are torn from nature’s fabric,

wrinkled by the weight of one broken

body, the mottled pattern of its symptoms.


The house generates its weather,

ruled by machines that create air,

light, the tides of warm bath water.


Time here has shed dimensions,

cast off past and future, narrowed

to one endless present.


She dares not dream of what could be

outside these walls, another time or place

for fear she might weep from longing.


Black and white photo of the author, Sharon Scholl.
Sharon Scholl

Sharon Scholl is a retired college teacher who convenes a poetry critique group and maintains a website ( of original music and poetry for small, liberal churches. Her poetry chapbooks, Seasons, Remains, Evensong, are available via Amazon Books. Her poems are current in Third Wednesday and The Bluebird Word.

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