5.28.2013

Pedestrians

They walked,
seemingly amiably,
apparently a mother
window-shopping arm-in-arm
with her adult daughter,
laughing,
until the young one said,
loud enough for passersby
to perk up and listen:
I’m not going to say
that you’re emotionally stunted,
but I am going to say
that you owe me an apology.

6 comments:

  1. OMG. And I know how comments like that totally devastate a mother. I can so see and feel this poem!

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  2. Yes, two senses--sight and sound--often tell different stories. And a sixth sense, kinetic/proximate, has added dimensions now that we have cell-phones. Propriety for privacy is changing a lot. How embarrassing!

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  3. Cringe! Damn, I hope that's not me in 20 years!

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  4. Perhaps this is the best of relationships - honesty and a measure of acceptance for things that went bad. Who says apologies are not in order from some parents?
    I like the way you took a passing phrase and turned it into poetry that really made me sit up and think.

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  5. She was probably just 'tasting' a newly learned phrase :-)

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