Invitation to Mom
(After Mirna Stone)
If I can bring you back again it would be on a day like this when the sky opens wide to the water pelicans perch on fishing boats and lego-like container ships navigate the Panama Canal And I would bring you to my rooftop and tell you THIS is what I love, this view, this horizon you've never seen this papaye sunrise this breeze that nudges me corrals the clouds And I would offer you a hammock swing woven by Emberra here I would say is my life and this is the hymn I sing Here in this troposphere on this bridge between calm and stormy seas this bridge between continents where once saber-tooth tigers and now monarchs migrate the sky holds every emotion ever felt holds the sun when she is overwhelmed keeps the moon like a promise And if you told me you could, you should, I would laugh and take your hand, invite you to dance I would take the lead Here I give you latitude the grace of an ever-changing horizon birds who know their way and each new day, gratitude
Mary Pecaut is a multi-genre writer, living in Panama City, Panama. Her poems, short stories and creative non-fiction have been published internationally in VietNam, Switzerland and the USA. Winner of the Swiss GWG Literary Prize for Poetry (2015), 2nd place GWG Prize – Memoir (2016) short-listed for the FISH Poetry Prize ( 2013) and FISH Memoir Prize (2017), Mary facilitates workshops on Writing for Wellness and Well-being as well as Compassionate Integrity Training workshops for the United Nations, NGOs, and individuals. Mary believes that literature and poetry in particular, can change the world. To that end, she initiated the Poemanate Project in Casco Viejo at the beginning of the Global Covid Pandemic.