Life Support Required

The other morning T came stumbling out of his room after I had woken him to get ready for his dad to pick him up.
Blonde hair standing on end.
Big feet.
Barely awake.
Drinking chocolate milk from the container.
He puts the bread in the toaster and leans against the counter to wait.
It pops.
He likes his toast barely cooked.
I like my toast nice and toasty.
It is a battle.
The drawer opens and closes.
The cupboard opens and closes.
T: Mom why would you put this in the cupboard?
Me: What?
T: Why would you put the empty peanut butter in the cupboard?
Me (walking over) What? You can still scrape it out.
T: Mom it is on life support! (rattling the container at me)
Me: There is enough there.
T: Mom why would you do that? It is very disappointing for a person to get up and think ‘yeah I want peanut butter toast.’ And there is no peanut butter. It is very crushing.
Me: laughing
T: I am throwing it out mom. Do not put it back in the cupboard. And is peanut butter on the shopping list?
I should have taken a picture of the offending jar of peanut butter.
He went to throw it out but there was no bag in the garbage can.
So it sat on the counter.
Staring at me accusingly.
Until I came home and threw it out.
And peanut butter is still on the list.
©Aug. 1/21
Picture via Pinterest

Untitled Word of the Day Poem #26

You all thought
felt
that I would bow
allow you superiority….
Never how 
I would play the game.
Blade in hand
slice
sawing silent
parting wires
crawl out
flee baby girl…..
Flee.
Head turned
see the red
green
amber
crawl slowly
forward
cadet pace
bombs do blow
alive I am.
I look.
Peer beneath
hidden
empty husks
leg sweep
flat on your ass.
I win.
Do you doubt?
For you to count
to know
means you have to understand.
Listen/Hear you won’t.
Hooked spear through the heart
silent bullets carve through the air
muted words
no longer heard
as I slash
bloody smile onto your face.
March 17/19
Image by Giacomo Zanni from Pixabay