Treasure Island

Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

Exploding In Temper Tantrums - (REVISED)


Mom’s farm visit exploded in pain and temper tantrums,
sis says Mom’s jealous of her friendship with domestics;
mom justifies saying without a walker her leg is sore,
not mentioning the real trouble – she really resents
being left all alone while sis sets off for the horizon

Their versions diametrically oppose, sis angry as mom
complains emotional upset worsens her leg pain; sis says
she feels mom’s jealousy yet probably projects her own
guilt on being so selfish – by dragging mom out there
to ignore her yet again

Neither honest about the problem - mom with her head
in the sand, sis playing a blame game, refusing to take
any responsibility - thus nothing can change; I shall
remember the lesson, all I do wrong in sister’s eyes would
be magnified should I accept her hard-pressed invitation

She’s a jovial companion on the way there - then her energy
evaporates as fatigue sets in, after showing me everything,
irritation makes her resent my presence; while mom feels
it’s her duty to visit, I am free to decline, I don’t want to
become an unwelcome guest

Revealing my worst side as disappointment changes
me into a raving hypochondriac– just like mom,
as a matter of fact

26 April 2013

Submitted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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