How was it possible to miss something you no longer wanted? Blaine needed what she was unable to give and she needed what he was unable to give, and she grieved this, the loss of what could have been.
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The old ones and their children weep
for the gossamer mothers
who have floated away.
The children pray
for their mothers to die.
from Watching Mother Disappear & Other Poems by Toni Mergentime Levi