Saturday, 14 May 2022


by Elaine Sorrentino

On the other side 
of the bathroom door 
my mother whimpers 
forgetting I exist
the moment 

the latch catches, 
God, help me 
I don't know what to do 
I don't know what to do 
she prays.  Outside, 
I touch the wood lovingly
resting my head
how can I be her lighthouse 
when I am underwater myself. 

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Elaine Sorrentino, Communications Director at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA, has been published in Minerva RisingWillawaw Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Ekphrastic Review, Writing in a Women’s Voice, Global Poemic, ONE ART: a journal of poetry, The Door is a Jar, Agape ReviewHaiku Universe, Sparks of CalliopeMuddy River Poetry ReviewLibrary Love Letter, and at

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