Pastan’s “Marks”

Lisa Patan
(1932-)
“Marks”

 

My husband gives me an A
for last night’s supper
an incomplete for my ironing
a B plus in bed.
My son says I am average,
an average mother, but if
I put my mind to it
I could improve.
My daughter believes
in Pass/Fail and tells me
I pass.  Wait ’til they learn
I’m dropping out.

 

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