The do-over

So you forgot to –
Turn off the gas
buy the groceries
fix the umbrella and
empty the water in the vase

And you forgot to –
Tell mom that you love her
and that you’d eat
a million cups of bottlegourd curry
just to prove you’re a grown up now

And you forgot to –
Tell dad that you love him
because that scar on the right knee
from falling and cycling
was a badge of honour that made him proud

And you forgot to –
Tell your brother that you love him and
that you wouldn’t reprimand or preach
sing while he played the guitar and
search together for chocolates hidden in the flour jar

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