Friday, October 19, 2018

When (most) women stayed (Day 639)


a mother and two

how unusual we were 

then   the envy

of all our friends

in those days 

when women stayed 

with men who didn’t


our secret was 

what fun we had 

yes  in between some

food stamp shame

and jobs and school

and trying to open

a bank account 

in your name   alone


three  with the solid

stance of four   

the moonlit world 

was ours   door open 

to anything new   

people  music  places     

a lullabye life  


of memories that 

started sweet and now 

seem  somehow  sweeter  

since life added

its citrus twist to those 

honeyed days  when 

we were just us    

two and you



Dedicated to my mother, Bonnie, and sister, Sarah, with love


(c) 2018, by Hannah Six


Image: The Balcony, 1868, by Édouard Manet, oil on canvas