To Mom and Dad
    Footnotes

    “To Mom and Dad,” New Era, Mar. 1984, 51

    To Mom and Dad

    Somewhere

    between the lines,

    “Mom, have you finished my dress yet?”

    or,

    “Will you help me with my dishes? I’m late,”

    there comes a silently spoken

    message of words so hard to say.

    But,

    I think you understand.

    Hidden

    in the words,

    “Can I have the car keys?”

    and,

    “Will you fix this for me, please?”

    Dad,

    I call the same message out to you.

    I know you understand.

    Mom,

    Dad,

    Thanks.

    I love you.