Green Hills Literary Lantern



Saying Yes


The widows are keeping my mother busy

now that she’s become one of them,

and also the girls from her exercise class

who are only a few years older than me.

They tell her You’re ours on Wednesdays.

She’s been to see the Andrews Sisters

impersonators; and the Morton Arboretum;

went trick-or-treating with her great-grandchildren,

temperatures below freezing; and did I mention

just yesterday she had lunch at the Greek diner

with her book club, the one that doesn’t read books.

You’re never home, I complain when eventually

she picks up the phone. I know, she answers.

I guess I’m just saying yes to everything.

Now she’s reporting they finally

got the communion song right

on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

I tried to tell the singer for years, she said.




Julie Murphy teaches Embodied Writing at John F. Kennedy University in the Expressive Arts and Buddhist Psychology programs, and through the years, has led and taught numerous writing workshops. She also teaches poetry, as a volunteer, in the Salinas Valley State Prison. Julie holds a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s in anthropology. A member of the Academy of American Poets, her work is published in CALYX Journal, Pennsylvania English, Shuylkill Valley Journal and Common Ground Review, as well as other literary journals.