Forgetting home

    Photo by Ariana Bacle / North by Northwestern

    Why’d you have to drop that bowl
    Of mashed potatoes on the floor
    Clean that up fast, mom said.
    The table is already set
    With knives and forks and spoons
    And, you notice, crinkled napkins
    From last Christmas when you also
    Let slip a dish and news about
    A boy who your parents don’t like
    because you forget how to be
    in a place you used to know so well
    But still you’re thankful because
    It’s better than –
    Well, truth be told, you wouldn’t know.


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