Unable to speak about her dying,
or leaving me motherless,
she created a moment –
sat me down on a shag rug
to hear lyrics of a song.

She wanted those words
to become our secret anthem.
She wanted a safe place for me
to close my eyes,
and remember her,

remember her
nudging me
onto sturdy legs
onward, Godspeed,
towards my dreams:

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by.
Your time has come to shine.
All your dreams are on their way.
– Simon & Garfunkel

by Jennie Chapman Linthorst

Jennie Chapman Linthorst will read a selection of her poetry at the Poet’s Corner on June 26 at 7 p.m at Scarritt-Bennett. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit

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