Mother and Daughter

I said: ‘Why would anyone want to live in Spain?

In summer it’s like a desert, no green,

no trees to shade you.’


Mother said: ‘I’d rather have the sun than trees.’


Mother said: ‘Look at that couple on the bench.

They’re not speaking. That can’t be much of a relationship.’


I said: ‘It’s called ‘companionable silence.’


Mother said: ‘Why don’t you get your children to

make their beds, hoover the house,

dig the garden?’


I thought, because when I’m old and alone,

they’ll want to come and see me.


Mother said: ‘Why do you always disagree

with everything I say?’


I said: ‘Because

you are my mother.’

First published in Reach


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