Kelvin Platt

Kelvin PlattThom Kerns always complained
how ashamed he was
that his children never
amounted to much.
He never understood
that I had it so
much worse. My children were
successful beyond
anyone’s reckoning.
They all left me, to
go to New York, Paris,
Kuala Lumpur,
Berlin, and God knows where
else. They rarely came
home. And all anyone
asked me was about
them. Every success they
had made me that much
more ashamed of my own
failures. I had no
identity of my
own. That’s why I ran
for the seat on the School
Board. I spent all my
money, but I still lost.
My kids wanted to
support me after that.
I would not let them.
I pushed them away. My
end came soon after.

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