Let us now contemplate the anger of our sons. Dear mothers, the time is past. The house will have to stand. A love that trashes all understanding. Objects can't teach. It is too late for sectional couches. The home is only good for slamming doors. O, it is time enough for the unraising. Yet remember sunny days of hard work and machinery. How yellow wants to be happy. But yellow doesn't need it, depending on the motes in the room. How you unsay it again, once and for all, a final time. You may choose bloodshot, for all you care, a color that cannot be inhabited. You, the unbuilder, put down your shovel; you are done scrabbling for dirt. Dear mothers, do not confess to everything. Sadness is the light in the room. Unsaid, a third person, interrupts all conversation, casting words farther away from their meaning. And so it has come to pass. The unforgiving shall deliver the unrepentant. The unfeeling shall beget the unreformed.
Tori Grant Welhouse lives in the woods of Wisconsin, overlooking a small, still pond. She is the mother of a 22-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. She also has a 24-year-old stepson. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, studying in London with poet Ken Smith. She works for a local television station and attends soccer games. Her poetry has appeared in Children Churches & Daddies and was chosen for an anthology, Chaos Theory.
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