the Mistress

love sometimes disappears with unspeakable acts
- Me

he comes home late for some reason or another
he enters the kitchen and he kisses my mother
they embrace
her face
is so pure.

my little brother is watching tom and jerry
he is swooped up and is loved very, very…
i watch from the corner, half watching and half hating
we get ready for dinner, my favorite: spaghetti
but, i am not hungry tonight.

mom scratches my head of hair
lost in the moment, i just stare
at him, with unrelenting eyes
which are tired of hopeless cries
so impure.

he gets up to go for a smoke
a habit, last November, he broke
but he says work has him stressed
but, i watch him go to the phone booth.
he lets his guard down.


he breathes maliciously
a haunting conspiracy
between him and her
and then, in a blur
he is gone.

they undress
no more stress
gone, like her bra
and like his family.
a mistress.

he collects his things
as she begs and pleads
“When you’re here, there is none of them. They don’t exist.”
this was his chance, but it looks like it will be missed
as he puts on his coat; “I have to tuck my son in.”

he opens the door
his jaw hits the floor
it’s me, his first son
and then, there was none.
he is gone.

I don’t cry as I just stare
she doesn’t move, she don’t care
about me, my brother
or my hopeless mother.
So impure.

He takes me to the playground
and the leaves are the only sound
brushing and blowing in the wind
he tries to push it aside
“I’m sorry I lied.”

I know that he is lying now
as I hold my head and bow
he tries to touch
and I rush
all the way home.

I run to my brother
and we wake our mother
and she sees him (though, no cigarettes)
and we turn to leave
as I struggle to believe.

the Mistress


Albany, United States

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