her daughter stopped
talking to her when she left the house
taking only what fit into two suitcases
"Can't stay here," she told her daughter
"and you're away at college."
it seemed so simple
didn't she stay for years
what happened ?
the distance grew until the empty place
of no talking leaked into every crevice
filling up each crack
now so many years removed from
when she left all that remains
are shards-- shattered across several states