Math 101

Posted: October 24, 2016 in Poetry
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I realized from the moment I came into this world her life hasn’t been hers
But mine and my sisters
Every single breath multiplied by three
One breath for her, one breath for her, and one breath for me

I saw in my smile the hopes and dreams she put aside
I touched in my sisters soft hands the sacrifices she has made for us
I saw in her stretch marks the pain she endured for her children
Knowing full well if she had to, she would do it again
And again
And again

I felt in her saggy breasts my bones growing stronger
I saw in the dark circles under her eyes the sleep we deprived her
The long nights we took over

But when I look in the mirror I see him as well
Not just in the similar features that we share
It’s not the nose not our soft hair
It’s not the lips or how our teeth alien
It’s the late nights he spent online
Email checked another one sent
And the long hours on his desk he spent
Working two job, day and night

I hear in the little ones laugh the boarding calls
And the holidays he missed for us
Traveling from country to country
Nose to the grind to make money
“Dad, I want a doll” check
“…and I want shoes and jewelry” check and check
“Games to play with animals to pet” check

“Here’s the the doll, here’s the hook”
A pirate hat
A toy, a book
Everything once multiplied by three
Now one for you and one for me

Now I know we are not just flesh and blood
But the product of their tears and sweat
Sleepless nights and endless days
Tied like a knot woven with cries
Married together with tears and smiles

With every one of their sacrifice, we learned of life
With every sweat, how to survive
With every kiss they thought us love

It’s simple math, really
1+1 yielding three
With out them I wouldn’t be
Who I am now and who I want to be
Once almost multiplied by 1+3

I am him, she is me
He is her, she is him
They are us, we are them
They live for us, they live through us

  1. siliablog says:

    Great work. Error on the line “sleepless nights”


  2. makenzblog says:

    ❀ ❀ ❀ Wow I am speechless, all this caught me by surprise! you should work on getting your works published because they deserve to shine out in a bigger level!!! Bravo hands down.


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