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Pepsi & Peanuts

It was my motherís favorite:  
A bottle of Pepsi  
and a little bag of Planterís peanuts  

She would dump the bag  
into the bottle  
after taking a few sips  
to lower its contents  

I donít know why I remember  
things like this  
But always wonder †
if itís because sheís with me  
at that particular moment  

A few days after cleaning
the yard from a storm  
I saw something glassy  
protruding from the mud  

As I dug, I realized  
it was a vintage Pepsi bottle  
the one with swirls †
introduced the year I was born:  
1959, and changed in 1978ó  
the year she passed on  
( I looked it up †)  

There are forces greater than us  
always willing to confirm  
there is no coincidence  
and our initial thought †
to be the correct one  

I would say I cleaned it up  
and use it as a vase  
for the green thumb  
she bequeathed  
with her last breath  

But I think itís pretty obvious  
that she never really left †
Written by Ahavati
Published | Edited 1st Sep 2023
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