New Poem: “word associations”

sofa: a place for a mother to lie and read,
dead to the world and me –
a place that speaks “pain” and “tired”
in words and in shifty eyes
you cannot catch – tested, tried –

kitchen: a place to sit still and eat
while pretending to be a family
with the distant woman who grinds her teeth
too proud to say she’s in pain
but not smart enough to hide it from me –

truth: a distant concept
never spoken between us, our only words
intended to keep the semblance of peace
so as not to make things worse – for her,
of course – an uneasy truce
designed and upheld by me –

consideration: always asked for
though i always thought it a given –
and that i gave and gave of it –
never enough – never enough –
and never returned or acknowledged
it went unnoticed – wasted – lost –

mother: a creature with power
to both give you life and to kill –
though the second is optional –
their love is not unconditional
whatever the poets say –
their actions speak for themselves.
mine said: “stay away”

Published By: K-M Skalkenæs

K-M Skalkenæs is a Danish poet, writer and pictorial artist who primarily writes in English. Apart from publishing her own poetry, she also translated poetry from as well the Scandinavian languages as German into English.

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