The Feet that Don’t Stop Will Come to Know Shame

18 June 2017

You son has small feet.
The first word he ever learned to spell
was ‘exile’

On his first day of high school he
came back wondering why he
wasn’t like the other boys.

Why did you tell him to run faster?

Look at him now, all grown
and beautiful – foolishly thinking we
can’t feel the lonely in his speech.

Who betrayed you?

Your love is intense and some will run from it.
feeling it is like swimming in hot wax.

They should have said you were enough.
Instead we lie under the same sun digging
our feet into the sand heavy with shame.

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