FOR CLAIRE SCOTT - (from stockpile)


OCTOBER 30TH

he steps into a crosswalk
carefully checking
the light is green
again
swinging a tennis racquet
hop-skipping across
eager to meet his friends
or
cane click-clacking
as his twisted body step-
stutters across the street
again
a car turns left
sunblind?
texting?
his body thrown
again
sirens blaring
bruises swelling
blood seeping
through his
brain

every October 30th
my son
with a cane?
with a tennis racquet?
steps into
the street
again

 


About the Author: Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has been nominated twice for the  Pushcart Prize. Her work has been accepted by the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Healing Muse and Vine Leaves Literary Journal among others. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was published in 2015. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.