“Stopping Motion” by Hal Sirowitz

I went to my room
to read a book. Mother

said if I didn’t go back
and play with my sister,

I was in danger of becoming
anti-social. And once I started

becoming opposed to one thing,
there was a tendency to become

against everything. She said
once put into motion an object

doesn’t stop until it meets
resistance. She was getting

tired of being my resistance.
It wasn’t good for the mother/son relationship.

That’s why she was training
my father to become more of a resistor.

Hal Sirowitz is the author of four books of poetry, commencing with Mother Said (Crown) and ending with Father Said (Soft Skull press). He has had work in The Bellevue Review and The Manhattan Review.

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