At My Mother’s Knee
Soft touch, then hard
Love’s full circle, fed by rage
I get it
You didn’t want to marry him
Some wear disappointment like a pearl choker with matching earrings
Some wear cruelty like a second skin
To torment is to liberate
You were lazy in yourself
Sorry later, I suppose
After you crippled me by stopping and starting the clock at your whim
Like a heart
That happened to be mine
Anne Leigh Parrish’s new poetry collection, If The Sky Won’t Have Me, was recently published by Unsolicited Press, and her next novel, A Summer Morning, also from Unsolicited Press, arrives in October 2023. Recent titles are an open door, a novel, and the moon won’t be dared, a poetry collection. She is the author of nine other books. She has recently ventured into the art of photography and lives in the South Sound Region of Washington State. www.anneleighparrish.com.
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