After her son’s debut at the cabaret
She began telling us of her dreams for him to become a star,
Never using the word impossible.
Her words described a future happy life.

A life in which you know how to stay asleep all night,
How you can get the body of a Victoria’s Secret Angel,
Identify three things that happen right before a heart attack,
And learn surprising uses for petroleum jelly.

She then dipped into the magazine she had been reading
Spoke of quinces and apricots and nectarines.
Her suite at Claridge’s hadn’t been to her liking, she said.
She said English has so many obscure words.

It was surprising that anybody ever understood anything, she said.
She said a simple exercise could pull you out of a sadness rut.