the same mason jar gets filled each visit home
with my mother’s delicious red sauce
meatballs made with ground pork
ground by the butcher in the deli section
a dying art he says.
impressed her 80 year old seamstress hands
still has the power to make them from scratch
the mason jar makes its journey to my mother’s
suburban south jersey home
once per month now
her mind forgets the last time i was there
telling me i don’t come often enough
telling me that i keep taking all her mason jars
asking me to bring them home to her
not to wait this long to return.