Phone Call From Mom

by gillis

She calls.
Or I call
weekly or so.
Weather, the kids, her health, who died,
these are our topics
now that Dad is gone.

She tells me she is okay
She is always okay
Even yesterday when
she said she had been crying
Crying off and on for most of the day
she was okay.

She who does not cry
Claimed she could not cry
Never learned how
Would never cry in front of us
Did not cry at his passing
Did not cry at his funeral
is now crying.

Maybe she is
after all.