Another Emergency Room Check-In
Mom does not leave the house without looking immaculate. Makeup on, hair brushed and hair sprayed in place, dressed in the most appropriate outfit for the situation. Except today.
She lies on a hospital gurney in Nyack Hospital’s ER. Haggard hair, no makeup. A hospital gown already replaced her sweatsuit.
Her eyes — too dry for tears. Her mouth quivers. Her bruised left arm is a roll of crumpled tissue paper from two weeks of IVs at Helen Hayes Hospital. But now, she’s back in Nyack.
Yes, back. With Double Pneumonia.
darkness and fog together
swallow the river
more by FRANK J. TASSONE
photograph by Eutah Mizushima