Tohm Bakelas: “mother’s day 2021”




mother’s day 2021

two calls made at
8:51am and 8:01pm
went unanswered

between those times
a heron watched
you both play with your
friends at a park
and then evening rains
absorbed your
joyful screams

masks of disappointment
worn to bed couldn’t
be taken off

“you guys tried, you called,
it’s not your fault she didn’t
pick up, you tried twice.”

another day x’ed
off the calendar



About the Author: Tohm Bakelas is a social worker in a psychiatric hospital. He was born in New Jersey, resides there, and will die there. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, zines, and online publications. He has published 10 chapbooks. He runs Between Shadows Press.


Image Credit: Jacob Byerly “Portrait of a Woman” (1855) Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

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