advice of the outed
she’s your mama,
so believe me when i say she’s been here and done it
didn’t understand a lot about me
when i was outed to her but,
so much love,
now she does.
or at least pretends to
they’re never going to get it.
and they don’t need to.
all they need to do is still love you.
you don’t bring up details
of what you did last night
on the drive home from the airport
you make small talk
put on michael jackson,
you still love mj
and dance around
why you didn’t bring your lover home for the holidays.
Instead when you visit
you recreate high school
holing yourself up in the guest bedroom
on the phone.
giggling like once upon a time.
when she feels out the loop
and starts to be embarrassing
rush off the phone
and don’t explain why you couldn’t wait two more days
to have the phone call in person
because you did come to visit her.
apologize for wasting your little bit of time together.
let her pick the movie,
finish cooking the mac & cheese she loves
the only thing she never taught you to make
other than this strange love you like
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