Jay Young Gerard and Lisa Nielsen

“It’s Hard to Remain Neutral”
Jay Young Gerard

Lisa Nielsen
Inspiration piece

The gathering of flesh and blood

I am wearing one of her blouses
that I am cautioned not to stain.
Warnings always come with crazy eyes

that retreat me to submission and silence

So this is my family, I think,
as my eyes scan the table
Plates are passed
and sighs of anticipation clink
with Chianti
I am a novice and so is she.
Suddenly I am engulfed with a gush of affection
as if someone whispered in her ear,
“this is the part where you say ‘I love you’,
get a little mushy, ham it up, it’s what mothers do”
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