April prompt # 14
THE FAMILY SECRET
All the women in our family have affairs.
It started with great-grandmother Gertie
who fell for the man who dug her mother’s
grave. Grandma Effie’s seventh child
looked just like the rags-and-bones man. Sedate
great-auntie Hortense was caught by her husband
in the wardrobe. Though she was in her knickers,
she wasn’t changing her dress. Great-uncle
forgave her because she had the money.
On the Irish side, my publican granny
and namesake often did it under the bar
with the man who delivered the pickled eggs.
Her daughter Lizzie had it on with her
dental hygenist. I have a photo
of Mother gazing into a camera
held by a man who was not my father.
And as for me—Remember the pirates
who once-upon-a-time kidnapped my brother?
I still see the handsome captain now and then.