Do You Have Any Dependence?

There is no box to check for this.
No compensation or rebate.
Only the long and frequent
metering of assistance —
requested or required.
(Resented.)

I know this fine filament,
studied carefully how it attaches,
limb to limb and limb to limb;
learned about detachment,
how to float unfettered
by your expectations — and mine.

But while I may think I am free
from its puppeteering —
relieved of our inheritance —
both of our heads nod
each time I say yes.

Words ©2016, Jen Payne. Image: Ancient Greek terracotta puppet dolls, National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

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