Something is missing
That sheep lost in the sand storm, the man who couldn’t love you
and the child which didn’t want to be born. There
are the talents you wanted to develop but instead
you had to crunch numbers in Mr Henry’s lumber yard,
the lost songs you wanted to sing, the guitar strummed
by the boy across the road who never wrote you
a love song. Your mother made you learn a trade,
your father never noticed you went hungry.
© Rose Mary Boehm
Rose Mary Boehm is a German-born British national living and writing in Lima, Peru. Her poetry has been published widely in mostly US poetry reviews (online and print). She was twice nominated for a Pushcart. Her fourth poetry collection, The Rain Girl, was published by Chaffinch Press in 2020.