Christina A. Sharik

THE SURVIVOR

My grown son, said recently:
“Dad says you’re a survivor, Mom”
I’d never thought it in terms like that for me.
I guess my ex-husband meant
surviving his year away
when he went to Vietnam,
then the divorce,
and surviving as a single mom…

But after I thought about it
for a while, in terms of me –
I desperately wish I
hadn’t had to be.