my mother sits in front of a light
She sits in front of a light
that is supposed to help her depression,
a few minutes every day, she sits in front of the light and
writes in the happiness journal
I gave her for Christmas.
Once she said the clock wasn’t moving and
the secondhand wasn’t moving and
nothing was moving forward and
I drove to her in the middle of the night.
I don’t think the clock stopped I don’t think anything
ever really stops I don’t think anything has stopped ever since
she’s been sitting alone in front of the light.
Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Grist, Poet Lore, Connotation Press, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Verse Daily, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her website is www.jenniferjacksonberry.com.
Paolo Morales is a photographer. He was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Virginia. He received an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and teaches at George Mason University and The Potomac School.