although I suppose it began the day he broke
into his own breath and blood,
but now it is certain.
I’ve longed for the separation:
separation to sleep through the night,
separation to sip coffee in the morning,
separation to use the bathroom without company.
He tells me,
no kiss, when I leave him at preschool.
Fine, I say.
I am not hurt
I knew this was coming
I’ve longed for his bravery and courage to enter
the world without me.
But still I might cry in the car
before I turn the key to head back home without him.
Although Jessica Rosen is a native of the city of Chicago, she currently lives in the middle of nowhere on the Oregon Coast. She spends her time working several part-time jobs, caring for her family, and scribbling in notebooks. She has recently been published in Mothers Always Write and Mamalode.