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August 9, 2007
So many years of kicking
and screaming every other weekend
and self-loathing and therapy
and different kinds of medication
and bad dreams and memories
and they want
to put another child through it
--adopt--
an emotionally unstable one, no less,
through the shouting and misunderstanding,
and emotional distance from someone
who should be there
for one when one needs it,
and I have been asked
to provide a reference
--a recommendation, really,
a glowing account of all the reasons
why they made (and will make) good parents
--such references should be mandatory,
even for biological parents,
to have children.