Shipping Out

Shipping Out

I’ve looked out
for your interests
for so long.
Now it’s time
that I’m not the someone who
speaks to you about

those too-tight
slacks. Fixes the mess
you made of
your hair. Warns
about late hours and false friends.
Tops up bank accounts.

Counsels you
about work. Straightens
your scruffy
Pays your cell phone bill. Repairs
your cracked-up car or

listens to
your bad date stories.
No longer
will I smooth
the simple unfairnesses
the casual cruelties

life presses
on you. I’ve taught you
all I know.
It is time.
Now. Do like the rest of us.
Get real. Suck it up.

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4 thoughts on “Shipping Out

  1. I love the way the staccato rhythm and short lines of this poem reinforce the frankness of the message. There definitely comes a point in some relationships where the tough love approach is necessary and the needier person needs to just sink or swim on their own.

  2. I DO like so much of your poetry Claudia…..and your energy and zest for life is a delight! I am trying to see how you wriye so much more concisely and evocatively about small observations than I can manage!

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