A Fatal Mistake [poem] by Laurie Kolp

I hugged the wrong mother,
her waist small enough
for my fingertips to touch.
She smelled the same—
like cigarettes and minty gum
with perfume overdone,
another unsuccessful cover-up.
The only thing different
is that mine’s dead.

Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator

[Refer: This poem refers to Sara Michas-Martin’s “To Know it Again.”]

 Laurie Kolp is an award-winning poet with numerous publications, some of which include Poets & Artists (GOSS183 Publishing Group), Writer’s Digest, Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet, cho, Miller’s Pond, The Fib Review; forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain and Blue Fifth Review. Her first full-length poetry collection is Upon the Blue Couch. Her website is http://lauriekolp.com.

Image by Julie