by Wanda Morrow Clevenger


when girls

my sister and I

were made to

scratch her back

and her head

until our fingers

came away oily


she said it was

nerves from

raising 4 girls



a doctor told her

to take a glass

of wine at night

to relax

but her faith

prohibited this


I told her once

how our symptoms


from nuts and


but she shut me

down, said

she didn’t have

food allergies


I let it drop

she needed it

her way

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