Cindy Lapeña

Do The Dead Remember?

So there she lay
All 85 years of her
Frailer than I remember
Motionless in the photographs
where her children played music
and her grandchildren danced
She lay there looking
Could she see them still?
Could she hear the tunes?
Could she even feel?

I wonder
What could she remember
In those five days of silence
Of stillness in a body that once refused to rest
Now at rest
For five long days

If I were there
Would she have remembered
this daughter who never was there?

And now it doesn’t matter
She is at rest and has forever
to remember.

2014

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