A score and a half
of mothering and wifing
of daughter,sister and daughter-in law-ing
and always ranked miss-imperfect!
my colleague shoved into my hands
and she, my daughter
let me ask you some questions!
FR Leavis, who?
Eliot, T.S? yeah, The Waste Land!
Year, I can’t remember!
oh! Browning, ha ha, Fra Lippo Lippi
The Last Ride Together
The Last Duchess
I can never forget Browning!
but Post Modernism?!
I am past that, come on!
Masque?! hmm … heard of it?
wait, let me think
‘You gotta study, mom!’
but I am old, a cry
not so, a counter!
coz, ‘ambition should be made of sterner stuff!’
so said, Brutus!
what have I gotten myself into
why of all things
why risk reputation, whatever is left of it!
coz I am not rich,dammit
didn’t marry rich either!
and what got me here, won’t get me there!
besides no lottery is coming my way!
so I got to wash the sins of my youth
with toils of old age!
and keep some skills for survival!