Marie Katrosh Silano, 1931-2020
My mother returns as a crane I'm reaching toward,
calling to someone nearby:
It's a sandhill!
I fall back asleep, forget the dream until I open my laptop,
find the Poetry Daily feature, a poem
about a female sandhill crane
who feeds her partner cranberries. When he scoffs at her offering,
she dresses his eyes in berry pulp. Staining him for life.
I want the crane to be my mother,
so I google I dreamed of a crane, learn cranes signify
maternal affection, share a special love
for their own young,
that the souls of the dead are often depicted riding to heaven
on the back of one. The poem, I don't notice till later,
is written by someone named Marie.