October 2005 / Volume Six / Issue Five
Cynthia Ruth Lewis
THICKER THAN WATER

I can tell you're ready to snap–
living with Mom would do that
to anyone

no, I take that back:
you have to be related by blood
to be affected by that woman–
she gets under our skin
because she knows she can

she knows well every sore spot,
every wound,
and wastes no time filling them
all with salt

I had enough of her craziness as a youth;
even being on my own I've much therapy
ahead of me, still,
trying to unfuck what she screwed up,
and the last thing I need is more
reminders around here...

Bro, I'd take you back in a heartbeat,
but one suicide in the family's enough
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