A woman cleaning house.
“Wash the dishes after dinner.”
“Clean as you go while cooking.”
“Put your water glass in the sink when you’re finished with it.”
“Don’t leave your things in the middle of the floor.”
“Fill the ice cube tray when it’s empty.”
“Don’t eat in your room.”
“Take your hair out of the bathtub drain.”
“Lock the door behind you when you leave.”
“Turn off the light when you leave the room.”
“Put things back where you found them.”
Traces of you in my brain, after all these years.
I never wanted to be a mother.
But there is your voice, shaping the way I think things should be.
Perhaps others have a different voice, or no voice at all.
Now what would that be like, I wonder?