Getting Ready (Joy)
A prose poem about a conversation between a daughter and her elderly mother as the mother prepares for death: how four cans of vegetable cocktail is too many ("I'll be dead long before these are gone.") and how when the chest pain came, she was filled with joy.
Susan Downe lives in London, Ontario. She studied English and Philosophy as an undergraduate, at age forty she studied Gestalt theory and practice, and psychoanalysis, and practised in these fields for sixteen years. She is the daughter of a woman named Jaunita Wildrose.