Flowers and Empathy

By Linda Schwartz

Image 3 May 1, 2018.jpg

they call to say they can’t make it home
for Mother’s Day this year
other plans     other obligations
I tell myself to let it go     
not be hurt     disappointed     
but the heart can’t be fooled     

my husband takes me to my favorite restaurant     
for dinner     just the two of us     
we dine surrounded by a sea of tables     
mothers laughing   celebrating the day     
with sons   daughters   grandchildren     

on our deserted island     
he brings flowers and empathy     
to fill the emptiness     
as I sit wishing     
for this endless day     
to end

Your comments are encouraged. Please type your comment below, and click PREVIEW, in the next window click POST COMMENT. Thank you!