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Careabouts

I don’t know if my mother cared about

Or thought about

My whereabouts

Or

Careabouts

Or

Lifeabouts

 

Maybe she was scared about me

Maybe

I should have cared about her too

But I needed her to care for me –

It didn’t show.

 

I’ve watched my children grow

Through all the stages

Toddler, adolescent, adult

And every day I think about

Their whereabouts

Their careabouts

Their lifeabouts

And I care about it

All too much –

It scares me.

I should let it go

 

But it makes me want to know

How my mother could appear

To be scare free

When I thought that she would

Care for me.

 

© Amanda Samm 2017