The Visit

_I rehearse by saying the worst

How bent, how haughty, how inconsiderate
_I am

How corrupt, how callous, how meagre
_I am

How thin, how narrow, how shallow
_I am

Out loud and in silence
_I recite the words
their moist hurt
take it blunt

Then, not

Become equipped to receive them
to nod

Yes, mom