Dashed expectations
by Daniel Garrett

His mother's unhappiness
was translated into bitter stews,
thin blankets,
sullen silences,
no great dreams for his future.

She had a right to her unhappiness
and he had a right to a mother--
yes, to tasty, nourishing meals,
warmth in winter,
conversation that didn't frighten
or shame, faith in what he might be.

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