ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Red Geraniums

Updated on August 27, 2013

Gerainiums

Geraniums highlighting my back steps.
Geraniums highlighting my back steps.

Geraniums


Wilted blooms drip
red on my deck.
I break them off at the stem
brutally, without remorse
and wipe their stain clean.

Each morning a gentle hand
with moistened towels
wipes the caked blood off
Mom’s lips.

Dry, withered leaves
are plucked
and discarded from my plant
in the same manner.

My mother’s lungs
are dying on the vine
with no way to pluck off
the dead members.

I slide the pot East,
turning it to get the full sunlight.
I use the water hose to
drench the plant,
flooding the pot to the brim.

How is she today?
I ask the nurse as she
combs Mom’s hair and
straightens her robe.

Then, I go inside,
to admire the view
from my window.

Her wheel chair is pushed
to the window
where the morning sun warms her and sooths.

by A. Gagliardi

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • agaglia profile imageAUTHOR

      agaglia 

      7 years ago

      Oh Betty Ann, I am sending you cyber hugs tonight. You haven't forgotten Mom and Dad at all. And now you are care-taking your children and grand children. Yes. It hits home for me when I read it, too.

      thanks for being my biggest fan. hugs

    • profile image

      Betty Ann 

      7 years ago

      I read this again this morning, and tears came to my eyes. I had a dream the other night that I was feeling so ashamed that I had not called to check on Mom and Dad in months! How could I just forget them and go on with my life. I awoke crying and it took me a few minutes to remember that they are gone for good. This poem really hits home. thanks, sis!

    • agaglia profile imageAUTHOR

      agaglia 

      8 years ago

      I was thinking of how we set our old people in nursing homes and they sit in the sunshine like potted plants. We 'tend' them like we tend to our flowers.

    • profile image

      Betty Ann 

      8 years ago

      Wow! This is a little chilling, isn't it. But, I guess sometimes most of us will be like plants, going from day to day, and just hoping someone who loves us will turn us to the sun. :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)