And by always, I mean ever since the 70 year old woman I visited once a week back at Prairie gave it to me.  Thoughts?

Just because I share your name does not mean I share your opinion.

We who live a parenthetical life
(Speaking not all things we think)
Soon learn the ones we love
Cannot share our thoughts.
(You will not understand this.)

And there are times we have to move
From the safety of our married names
(To commit ourselves as individuals)
In voices that are heard.

I cannot vote for him
(Even if you do)
I want her in my home
(Even though you don’t)
I am going
(Even if you won’t)

Oh, my dear. It is so hard
To shake free A proper parenthetical past
But I am trying
(To be me)

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