Ma and the New York Post Covers

Sharpie stash

of drawing a beard, moustache and horns
on the faces of New York Post covers.
Not everyone, mind you. Just some.

She’d read the news,
shaking her head the whole way,
then reach for the Sharpie
kept close for this purpose.

In 2001, she hung a defaced bin Laden
“Wanted: Dead or Alive” cover
in her bedroom window,
facing the parking area.

I pulled in and saw it hanging there
in the window of my sweet little 82-year-old mother
and had to take a moment
before getting out of the car and going in.

THE TWO PEOPLE whose faces
she scribbled on the most
are now the presumptive presidential nominees.
One she said she’d never vote for,
the other she never expected to run for public office.

All this comes back to me now
in a campaign season
that has me wondering what my parents would say.
Maybe I’m looking for guidance, maybe comfort, I don’t know.
But they are gone now and there’s silence,
except for the memory of my mother’s artwork.

* * *

Lately I wake up with a phrase or line of verse in my head, so I’ve made for myself a little Summer Challenge.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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2 Responses to Ma and the New York Post Covers

  1. Fern Boldt says:

    May your guidance and comfort be found in Philippians 4:6-7. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


  2. pastordt says:

    Wow, Marilyn. Insightful mama you had there. 🙂


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