Brother and sister watch Mother
Pick up cards and place them down
Decisively when playing Solitaire
Or create unsmilingly

A list of words
Cascading like the mouse’s tail
In Alice In Wonderland
When playing Anagrams alone.

Neither they nor she can know
How sixty years later
Mostly unvisited she will sit
At the dining room table
Doing both increasingly

Nor how then “the children” will send postcards
Or handwritten short letters or telephone her to briefly connect ¨C
Nor how she will stow the picture postcards in the hold of her purse
To show, those times that she gets out, to others when she can.