Nancy Mitchell

Mother, at Last
November 25, 2023 Mitchell Nancy

Mother, At Last


You were Scarlett O’Hara
swooned in Rhett’s arms


in that scene you played over
and over towards the end


when he carries his bride
up the stairs to the four-poster


bed where under the white
lace canopy he’d have his way


with her when the orderly swept
you from the hospital


bed to the gurney and whisked
you away, wheels whispering gone.

Nancy Mitchell is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner and the author of The Near Surround, Grief Hut and the The Out-of- Body Shop. She teaches at Salisbury University in Maryland and serves as Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume. She is the Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Maryland.