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Consolation (Rachel Jackson- Lafayette, LA)

Consolation is a rocking motion.
You hold someone and sway them
     back and forth
     back and forth
Until they remember being a baby
And the comfort of rocking (being rocked)
In someone's arms.

What if no one consoled them
as a helpless crying child?

What if no chest served as a pillow?

What happens then
When they're asked to call upon
These long ago memories
Of comfort and consolation?

Consolation becomes an unreasonable request.
A demand to fetch water
from a dry, dry well.

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