Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Jan. 20, 2013

Here's a lovely poem for the caregivers among us, by Terri Kirby Erickson, who lives in North Carolina.

Sponge Bath

Draped in towels,

my grandmother sits in a hard-backed

chair, a white bowl

of soapy water on the floor.

She lifts her frail arm, then rests it,

gratefully, in her daughter's palm.

Gliding a wet

washcloth, my mother's hand

becomes a cloud, and every bruise, a rain-

drenched flower.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (http://www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It also is supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright 2011 by Erickson from her most recent book of poems, "In the Palms of Angels," Press 53, 2011. Poem reprinted by permission of Erickson and the publisher.

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