Not All About Me

Tonight she won’t have nightmares, cry
out in her sleep, tossing,
turning and sweating.
She won’t have to cling
to me.
The darkness will disappear
from beneath their eyes.
They’ll do their homework
at the kitchen table,
get to bed
on time
and wake to their favorite
cereal and cartoons.

The laundry pile
will re-disappear, the broken
dishes forgotten
and the shouting
forgiven
by them at least.

Crying in the shower
is like being
a chameleon.

I rinse it all down
the drain. Shaving cream,
hope
and shampoo.


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