Mother's Day

from by Govier

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the first time i used a weed whacker was when i moved to oregon
and a lawn mower too
lived in the suburbs in my youth
and my mom would’ve rather
had hired a kid that was my age
than have her baby cut his leg
on a one and a half foot blade
never got my hands dirty
moved to the city with my girl when i was twenty
and the country with her a few years later

now i use a weed whacker every week
when the seasons ask it of me
and i even know exactly what a two by four is
hands sprinkled with callouses

and my mom sends me pictures of her garden
cause she knows i’ll appreciate the fact
that she’s got the same interests as me
since our worlds have begun to drift
and no i’m not bitter it’s just what it is

it’s mother’s day next week
my card should be there a little early
i hope she gets a good laugh when she cracks open the card
cause it makes light of the way
she’s a relatively recent divorcee
but she’s working hard on her nine to five
making sure everyone’s staying alive

they’re coming here later this year
we can go to the river
crack open some beers
while she holds her new grandkid
what a birthday present that’ll be for both of us


from No More Frontiers, released September 27, 2019


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