Mama, I turned forty-three today.
If you could see your baby now,
you'd probably say "I told you so".
You were right about some things
and wrong about others but
it was my
sixteen year mistake.
It was a hurt even you could not kiss
I just hope my offspring will carry more
I miss the cards you always sent.
You were the only one who always
I learned that you once wrote poetry.
Sad, no one knows where they are now or
I could have touched the woman in you I
I know contentedness was never yours,
living your life through your children
but Mom, Daddy really did love you.
I hope you
But I'm smarter than you, Mama.
I know you can't derive happiness from
You can only hold close the ones you love
until they leave - they always do.
I've learned nothing is forever.
Funny, while I was growing up,
I feared you and feared being like you
and now that we might be friends
and I am free to roam -
there's no place to come home
because you are