The mother finds joy in untangling
The necklaces. She pulls the silver strands,
Unbraiding gently, as if it is her
Young daughter’s hair after a day
Outdoors. Time is of little importance:
For hours she untwists, a bold patience
In her fingers, fanning a fountain of
Graceful glittering loops. I watch her now,
Mirroring all her moves. It isn’t me,
She says, pulling another necklace free.
They’re made like this, to rest on collarbones
And hearts. They twist along the way. I nod,
Fingering my own around my neck, and
Reach to help. There is still more to undo.
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