~ Sacrifices ~


~ Sacrifices ~

summer like a sinking sun
set on my youth long,
long, before age came courting

‘freckled and fourteen’
a head full of dreams
was drowned in sorrow
for a Mother, ill,

as waves of responsibility
crashed at my feet
in the form of tiny siblings

“mother” was all I knew
even as each one grew
into adulthood
a sense of nurturing lingered…

until…the day Mother died…

one by one they turned their backs
shunned the one
who always had their’s

at fifty, I was free

free of this sense of responsibility
consoled by my own children
and I cried as a little girl lost
in the arms of true Love

never again to sacrifice
for those who felt entitled.

O’Prunty
12/19/14

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