My mother was lying

February 19, 2018

My mother was lying

When my father was wearing a military uniform

And went out before sunrise

So, no one could see him

My mom kept smiling for the length of his absence

So, we didn’t see her choking back tears

And when we missed him

She told us

He is going to return the meaning to our map

We thought he was a cartographer

And when my father returned without an arm

She told us

He gave his arm to the homeland

And the homeland gave him a medal

We didn’t know the meaning of war

Until we grew up

That like plastic bottles

The tyrants had recycled our lives during their many war

Now I understand

Why my mom was lying

And why when my father returned from the war

He didn’t recognize his face in the mirror


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