Last Bird

Today my youngest leaves my home

Today my nest is all my own

He packed his things

Boxes full

U-haul at 8

And off he goes


I kiss his face

Each morning before he leaves for work

Have a good day

Drive safe

I pack him lunch

I shop for dinner

After today

It’s so much simpler


Soup and crackers

Not much fuss

One load of laundry a week

I don’t make much


No kiss goodbye

No ‘how was your day?’

He’s off now on his own

To make his own way


It’s my job as his mom

To prepare him for this

For independence

He takes it now, it’s his


I’m glad for him

I’m helping too

I shop for things for his

Apartment, things all new


He’s grateful for the things I give

He’s excited to go out and live

He’s empathetic, his heart is good

He knows I’ll miss him and hugs though

It’s not what it he usually does

He hugs me every day this week

He knows how much I’ll miss

Just hearing him speak

He knows I’ll miss

“hey mom, listen to this song”

He knows and knows

And it makes my heart smile

For he is good

And that is all I could ask

Yes in the hugs I got all week

He told me silently

Mom, I love you too

And that will stay here with me

Even though he moves




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