dad is getting a pedicure – melanie browne

I see him
closing his eyes
relaxing,
someone turned on the chair massage
every few seconds
his head and shoulders
move back and forth
the manicurist
tells me she
hasn’t seen her
mom in four years
that she lives in
Vietnam and
they won’t let
her sixty-year-old
sister bring her to
the states because
they are afraid
she won’t leave.
I hear my mom
tell them to
be careful with her big toe,
she is here in Houston
visiting after
cataract surgery
mom gets her nails
done too and the
lady asks her
about grandchildren
and tells mom
how she loves her
grandchildren more than her kids
because you don’t worry
as much, she says
dad is getting a pedicure
I see him closing his eyes
relaxing
the rain just
over the horizon

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