All the Oxygen in the Room

All the Oxygen in the Room

Every photo glamour smile adoration demand
but this small square 1960 truth album

Look          She slouches at the family table

defeated spoon raised to little brother
in the highchair toothless        next baby
swelling her belly inflated shape less smile less

And across from her not-darling       Me
only daughter colic child chair kicker scene
stealer shoving dinner away shoving her

still away wherever was air enough
for either of us to breathe

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