of her grip—
five tiny fingers wrapped around my one,
Hers so delicate
Like ripened florets fixed to a dandelion head with a pappus of wispy white hair,
the flower and the fist round and lovely
like the bond tugged by zephyrs connecting me to her mother;
resilient, like taproot, thrusting relentlessly
through hardened soil and ploughed decades
of her grip,
to till my heart again.
Heather Gemmen Wilson is an award-winning author. She has enjoyed a 20-year career in publishing as a book editor before teaching writing courses to undergrads. She earned her MA in Creative Writing and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.