The weight of


on my finger


middle and little

A golden ring

an amber stone

from my mother


Today wearing

her Egyptian gold necklace

her gold and jade bracelet

her gold bangles

and the heavy weight ring


A couple from Perth

I offer to take their photo

No selfies please

in front of the red and white

recycled, solar lit

Year of the Monkey


at the Australian National Library.

They commented

on my jewelry

I was pleased

someone noticed


My mother left it to me

knowing I had none

Influencing my behavior

from beyond death

No grave


and a wind sculpture

memorial to her

in a Kansas City park.

I wear her jewelry

in her memory


The Chinese woman

from Perth told me

Treasure that bracelet

Jade plus gold



Back at home

I remember her words

as I remove the

gold and amber ring

from my finger

with soap

Mom Golden jewelry
                        My mom, some years ago,                                                                   wearing her amber and gold jewelry