Conjuring — a Poem in Appreciation to Chaplain [LTC] James Calvin Berbiglia, USA, Ret. Presbyterian Church (USA)

They sat in a basement on the base —
cavernous, grey, no one around except

the military major and the young
preacher. “Conjure a picture of your

mother.” “Small, shriveled, pinched.”
“And this is the person who looms so

large over you?” It seemed like just
yesterday but years and years later,

after seeing that small, shriveled
pinched face in the face of the lovely,

lover who deals with demons of her
own, he conjured her once more and

in doing so, conjured her no more.
It just happened. Sometimes it takes

a while to befriend one’s demons
and then say both hello and goodbye.

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One thought on “Conjuring — a Poem in Appreciation to Chaplain [LTC] James Calvin Berbiglia, USA, Ret. Presbyterian Church (USA)

  1. Yeah, a while…like since you were in 30s with skeletal X-rays of an octogenarian already, realized you had changes only surgery would buy time out of a wheelchair and Mom, in better health, couldn’t relate to her neglecting to get me 3rd polio…b4 anti-vaxx gurus. My younger brothers, two with nurses as wife or daughter, couldn’t make her understand. Now we are both widows, I–71–will occupy the Parental Condo my realtor gal-pal found for them when they were 70 until they turned into 90. Will spend my days on opposite side of GR happiness listening to older widows: my identified spiritual gift (Carl Schroeder writing his book) of hospitality. Away from my beloved Big Lake view, sparkling today; stars in black velvet sky (okay: most nights cloudy, but when they shine…and caregiver Steve who has downsized our relationship to host/I his guest. Quarter to Good-bye. Save this…sounds like a poem pattern to me/by me. Vick

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