These are the things I say

By | 25 November 2019

soon it will be time to turn off the TV, to make you piss and brush your teeth

to have an argument about getting dressed, which is an argument I have with my
mother about the slingshot of ageing and
how she never told me I was happy

it’s me standing on a small chair so that the time-gap between us expands like that from a needy mouth to a breast or another mouth

it’s my mother’s mother – my mother finally just that – leaving her again in a taxi for the airport and quiet, childless places
only looking back when a letter arrives to tell her that my brother, tiny then, peddled the dock of the driveway
our mother’s arms a jaw saying stop – she’s not worth it

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