to decide

as you suffered you said, 

"it's because I was so mean."
He doesn't work that way

i swabbed parched lips
the little leather tongue
dried out, waiting

remember the Coke machine?
you paused with longing
"mother's milk" ... i smiled

tough to watch you fade

but your people choose
and you decided

you made me so proud
always a girl with grit
knowing when enough is enough


jerry said…
I love it, and I love you.
alison said…
to decide . . . a quality you share with your mother. love this!
Julie said…
I always want more, have a question to ask about each piece of you that you share.

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