Stumbling from the van
to wait in line for burgers,
staring, not speaking,
in the manner of Miles Davis
in the cool, pure
silence in between
“Mother and Teenage Son” is printed here today with permission from the poet. Poem first appeared in Barnstorm.
Mark Jackley is a business writer in Washington, DC, whose poems have appeared in journals throughout the US, as well as in India, Australia, England, and Canada.
Editor’s Note: This poem is dedicated to my 16-year-old brother who recently discovered our mother reading a book discreetly titled, “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy.”