I shimmied into threadbare denim
worn soft as a lady’s hanky
And a red shirt embroidered with fish
that once belonged to Kay
the one her daughters gave me, after she died
I wrapped myself in the pashmina
Lynne brought me years ago, before she moved
I scrambled two eggs in butter
like my mama always did
ate from her delicate porcelain plate,
a gift from me one Mother’s Day
When nostalgia calls, I surrender.
~ Annis Cassells
Annis Cassells is a poet, blogger, teacher, life coach, and a member of Writers of Kern. Her work has been published in professional journals, hobbyist magazines, and local publications. She’s had stories and poems published in online and print journals and magazines. “Nostalgia” was published her first book of poems, You Can’t Have It All, 2019.