Bruce Morton

Bruce Morton splits his time between Arizona and Montana. He was formerly Dean of Libraries at Montana State University.


If only I could have then understood 
That they did the best that they could.
But then I was young and did not know
That the only thing left to me was to grow.
And that I did, not to say that it was easy 
To navigate their frustrations, always angry.
But grow I did because that is what kids do.
What alternative did I have? I couldn’t sue.
So, now that I have perspective, I write poems
In an attempt to figure out parental genomes
Long dead, but whose faces in the mirror I see
As each morning I scrape yesterday from me.

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