pensive parental hush,
observing his every unrehearsed movement
amidst the menagerie of wish fulfillments.
Her rigid excitement,
bursting forth from well intension arteries,
storefront stocked ready in baited daydreams.
Encouraging the chemistry set,
with pointed debate, shuffling building blocks,
determined with all faith,
to rid him of his left-handed crayon doodling –
the sure and telling signs of a penniless future.
Perhaps he would reach
- even surpass,
these lofty expectations.
Presidential appointment, no less,
though statesman would satisfy anew,
her hawk-like search
seeing a swift proud hand,
dispensing justice from his ice cream gavel.
Misperceiving the curious delicacies,
light surgical touch from sticky fingers
grazing over cat hair husk.
as foreign, disinterested and force-fed
as the waiting spoon -
leaking from his full lips.
in a few nauseating annum
in growth spurts,
then grade point,
- certificates and honors
perhaps then –
when all that he might have desired
had been beaten from his consciousness,
liberated – then, might she be also…
from her own disservice youth
and blindly follow…
to no fulfilling end
when all either had wanted then
was to play on the drums.