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When Mom says

she's decided to go back to work,

you're not too surprised,

'cause you know

how much she misses

being around horses

since Dad moved

the family 

to the city

for his teaching job.


When she says

she's decided

to take a job

in Kentucky,

it jolts you,

'cause moving away

from your friends

and teammates

in the middle 

of the school year

is vicious.


But when she says,

Nicky, your father and I

are separating,

it's like a bombshell


right in the center

of your heart

and splatters

all across your life.