You never swam in the pool, cavorting like a baby seal
splashing and shrieking with the other three
You never danced in the rain,
throwing off your clothes as the water bucketed down
Great dollops of wet warmth from a Tropical Summer Storm.
You never woke in the night, crying for me
needing me to sooth and calm you,
rock you back to sleep
You never snuggled in close, listening to a story
trying to read along –
desperate to know the words
You never laughed at a silly Disney movie
dissolving into tears at all the nonsense.
You never smiled at me in that way of a child
to break a mother’s heart
But you broke it – just the same.
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