Estrangement

They have a child
they love.
The child returns from a visit
with the father,
has a sack of hard candy
the mother sees and takes
and throws away.
The child cries. The mother cries.
The father, if he knew,
would cry.
The father knows.
The mother has told him
of the illness. Sweets
could kill the child.
But the father loves the child
and the child the father.
Neither has a full knowledge of love
and there are things to be put
in love’s place.
So the child cries, the mother cries.
And the father, it is true,
would cry.