“Symmetry”

Last night I had a dream,
yet another reality
that my mind chose to visit on its own…

In this reality, my mother and father
were seated in a room…
a blank room with no color
and barely a spread of light
and so they appeared as dark
lifeless figures in my dream…

I appeared in an instant, seemingly
out of nowhere, in front of them,
standing. I turned to my
mother and looked her square
in the eye and said one word:
“Selfish”.

At that moment, her eyes glazed
over -dark, hard and hurt-
and though the features of
her face never changed
the features of mine changed
to match the eyes that she looked out through.

I turned and left that dark
lifeless room …and I woke up.
And so I was left with myself
and that one word ringing
in my head –
“Selfish”
“Selfish”
“Selfish”

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