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Eggshell Man
by Janet Brice Parker
Friday, December 17, 2004
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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something happened
when you turned twenty-eight.
after those peace corp years.
after you fell in love

the high school and college child
your brother and i knew was
slightly brooding slightly sensitive
but you joked with us about your plants
track lighting and your slender silhouette

You threw your plant out of the window
and we all laughed
you and your brother and i
we were all we had and we were tight

you chided me
you were always ready with
a hug when you saw my tears
you told me i was a cool mom

you always called during those
long worrisome high school nights
you called to let me know you
were alright

something happened when i asked
about your one true love
it was not my business
but it was my business to
create the wedding of your dreams

you spoke the language of your
new world with your lovely foreign bride
your son will speak a language i do not

now you are an eggshell man
i walk on white sticky fragile cells
i crack them over and over again
when i try to be funny or when
i ask about your days

i call with sweat popping
from my forehead before you answer
the long silent lapses on the phone
are deafening lonely sounds of
eggshells being crushed by me

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 12/24/2004
Powerful and touching.

Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 12/18/2004
your use of the language barrier and eggshell metaphor are excellent here. blessings this holiday season and in the new year, Janet.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/18/2004
A most poignant and soul-gripping creation, Janet. I can relate very well to this. Best wishes of love, peace and strength to you. Regis
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 12/18/2004
Excellent pen here. I love the descriptive feel of the walking on shells...

Reviewed by jude forese 12/17/2004
you have penned your emotions very effectively ...
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 12/17/2004
Oh Janet I can feel how hard this relationship is for family grew away from each other with time too - but we still always knew that if we NEEDED each other, we'd be there for each other. Not being a parent I can't totally understand, but I DO know that it has to be difficult to accept an altered role in the life of your child as they grow up. This is a heart-breaking but extremely well written expression of that "change".
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 12/17/2004
Oh my this is so sad, especially last stanza. I hope things turn out ok.

Reviewed by George Jackson 12/17/2004
Janet, I'll keep this as a reminder. My mother raised me alone, for the most part, and I was a real handful sometimes. If the "right girl" ever comes along, I'll probably not tell Mom our secrets (remember being in love? in love now? the passion of that common joining? those moonlit secrets that deepened the ties between you?) but I'll let her know she is still very much a part of our lives.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/17/2004
Conceive 'em. Raise 'em. Let 'em go.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/17/2004
Janet, I feel the sense of wondering how such things can happen. Yet they somehow do to most of us! Eelationships are very difficut things to manage.We don't give them enough thought, and we take too much for granted.You have my thoughts and prayers. A superb write on the topic!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/17/2004
It is so hard for a parent to feel they are losing control of the love they share with their children. No one but another parent can comprehend this feelig of helplessness but time alone will bring the path to where you will walk side by side.

A big hug now and then helps too,

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/17/2004
Changes in relationships can be very difficult some times. Great capture with the last thing lines, tying the whole thought together.

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