The working single mother

The working single mother
leaves her child in bed
with a bowl of soup on the bedside table
and a cup of peppermint tea
and a sandwich made for lunchtime.

She remembers her own working mother,
who left her at home,
with a flask of tea and a current bun,
after she'd had teeth extracted using gas,
the current bun soft for her sore bleeding gums.

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