Robert Vaughan

LEGACY
 
An observer would have
thought her unsuited
for that frame.
 
I wondered why my
parents kept the photo on
the piano. She'd died over
 
ten years ago. Died on her
own, by her own stupidity.
A visitor would have
 
thought her adorable,
precocious, serene.
Unable to see the contagious
 
recklessness. Unable to see
the damage she inflicted.
How my family came undone.
 
I slip her photo into
the desk drawer. Underneath
a stack of report cards.

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