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LYN LIFSHIN : So Long Since I Watched My Mother Sleeping
LYN LIFSHIN : Watching Him Sleep

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LYN LIFSHIN
So Long Since I Watched My Mother Sleeping

on the blue couch, or beside me in the car. I hardly think of her last beds in rooms half underground. The metal frame of some hospital contraption, how quickly I got that back with its egg crates and a wheel chair and walker. In that last room, she was so small. When did I start to be her mother?

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LYN LIFSHIN
Watching Him Sleep

needing him more than I want to Ė I hadnít planned this when he clutched in pain after I yelped. I was sure Iíd never begrudge how he could close his eyes and by count of 3, his face would go flaccid, breath not quite the same. When did his face become more lax? When did his feet seem so pale, his skin whiter? His watch, blackberry, louder than a heart. The catís gone from stalking to her own snore. I try to sleep by counting those breaths, as if I could always

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