Download: Circa 1950
Data: clear, unambiguous,
Source: D. O. M.
(dear old Mom).
Recipient: receptive child,
the self (myself, that is)
“Don’t cross your eyes.
they’ll stay like that.”
“Don’t sit on that cold cement.
You’ll get piles.”
“You’ll get arthritis when you’re old.”
“Always wear clean underwear
in case you’re in an accident.”
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“If you’re going to smoke,
do it here, with us.
Don’t go sneaking around.”
“Don’t go outside with that wet hair.
You’ll catch your death of cold.”
“You’ll look pathetic.”
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“You can’t go swimming yet.
You’ll get a cramp and drown.
Wait at least 2 hours after eating.”
“You’re not going to wear that suit,
are you? Look at that cellulite.”
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“Don’t forget to call your mother.”
as long as you still have her.
Sneaking in at the last minute to link to Grace’s fun prompt at dVerse Poetics. Thanks to Nick Gentry who shares his unique art work with us. Stop by dVerse to read more takes on his art and to link to his work.