Visit Day

Table-seated with family

Conversations steadily flow

Cocoon her in loved-dearly voices

Silken threads of familiarity

Glisteningly soft against her skin

Weave protective layering

Against chronic Brillo pad abrasions

Scraping chaotic against her

Day by ear-splitting day.

Her beloved babies

Full grown, or nearly so

Jockey for adjacent seating

Cuddling verboten, hold her hand

Fibers of “normal” life

Embroidered onto sackcloth

Of public humiliation

Bright and tightly knotted

Tattooed upon her senses

Inject moments of peaceful protection

Worn emblazoned upon her heart

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