Age of Empathy
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Age of Empathy

My Mother at Her Last Breath

To Be With the Woman Who Gave Me My First

Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

Last night we encircled her bed,

my sisters and I.

One stood stoic and stiff, another bent over with words in my mother’s ear

Another rubbing her legs,

Unable to speak, so we made the noise. We told our silly stories.



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Martha Manning, Ph.D.

Martha Manning, Ph.D.


Dr. Martha Manning is a writer and clinical psychologist, author of Undercurrents and Chasing Grace. Depression sufferer. Mother. Growing older under protest.