CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE • by Richard M. O’Donnell

I accept that she loves me
but no longer needs me
or her mother
Ohio winters give her this chill.

Now she thaws in San Diego.
Pacific Ocean
warm breezes
a fiber optic umbilical to her ear
she can cut at will
and a cocktail job
that earns her the freedom
to grow
away from us.

She couldn’t get there from here.
She had to start from someplace else.

Richard M. O’Donnell‘s works have appeared in many venues. His on-line publications and YouTube films can be accessed at his homepage:

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  • Roberta SchulbergGoro

    Very sad. Very interesting images. Some worry and resentment from a loving parent might be in order, but I don’t find any in this poem. Possibly the poem’s an acceptance of an inevitable.

  • ocean

    Nice, I like this poem very much.

  • Denise Gibson

    Nice poem. I like that the language conveys the feeling without being overly sentimental.

  • Joan Ryder

    I like this, especially the acceptance of an inevitable, as Roberta says. Very poignant without being too sentimental.

  • Nancy Wilcox

    I like the way you don’t belabor the point. I probably would have. I like the calm, and I love the implicaation.

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