Goodbye to All That

There may come a day
when your youth will pass away
and you have to decide
whether or not it is time
to abandon your loved ones.

You will still care for them
of course
but you cannot always be responsible
for their idiotic actions
or their indefensible choices.
You may see
– and soon –
that you have to cut your family loose.

It won’t be easy.
It won’t be elegant.
It will fill you
with guilt and shame and anger
that they are too stupid
to make the right choices
making you unable to bear
to watch them
go down their own terminal roads.

You will have to drop your parents
because they are so dumb
that they endanger themselves
with their every unsafe decisions.
You will have to drop your parents
because they’re unwise.
You will have to drop your parents
because you can’t watch the train wreck
they’re about to make
of the rest of your lives.
You’ll be powerless to stop them
but unwilling to view the carnage.

It’s gonna happen
sooner than you think
so if you have the spleen for it
prepare your goodbyes
right away.

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