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Barbara MacKay


―published Lynx, xv-2, 2000

Her words lost in a ragged whisper
The hum of the feeding tube a prolonged whisper

Ninety-five, in extremis but lingering―good genes, good genes
Echo in my mind, but it’s time now I whisper

The room is lined with eggshells
Mind wanderings hang along a string of vibrant whispers

The umbilical cord, so hard to sever
Childish whimpers deepen into adult whispers

Night fades into dawn into another midnight watch
Her eyes open, close; her last breath a hollow whisper

I leave the room almost free of obligation
My conscience barely whispering




About Barbara MacKay

Barbara MacKay lives in Little River, Ca. Her work has been published in various literary journals including Thema, Bryant Literary Journal, Mariposa Haiku Journal, Woodpecker Haiku Journal, American Tanka, and most recently The Ghazal Page. She earned an MA in English Literature at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.