Laura Ann Reed
Bio Note: I completed Masters' Degree programs in the Performing Arts, Organizational Career Development, as well as in Clinical Psychology before working in the capacity of Leadership Development Trainer at the San Francisco Headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I now live with my husband in Western Washington. My work has been anthologized in How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, and has appeared in Blue Unicorn, The Ekphrastic Review and other journals.
How We Get the Final Word
These bookshelves of voices pleading to be heard remind me of my mother who asked before she died if I’d given any thought to writing. You express yourself so well, she said, you really should. That shocked me. I’d never had the slightest chance to express myself with her. She’d cut me off or finish my sentences and move to another topic when I’d try to tell her how I saw the world. But she asked again and I said, Yes, that’s my plan. I kept my answer brief, so she couldn’t interrupt. She said, Oh, Laura, that makes me glad. A second shock. When was she ever pleased about the steps I took to create a life apart from her? What do you intend to write, she asked. I paused a moment, then said, My memoirs. The room where we were sipping tea filled with stillness, like the aftermath of earthquakes or tidal waves. I suppose I should have kept it to myself, my plan to write about her once she died. I didn’t mean to tell her, but I couldn’t hold it back— the fact I’d get the final word.
©2022 Laura Ann Reed
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