Checked-out Parents

One parent completely shuts down;
frustrated, she abandons her family,
carrying bitterness off petty stuff,
children are a lot of responsibility, anyway;
she’s better off all by herself.
Yet again, she’s not cut out for this mothering stuff.

The other parent cuts off all contact
with his family, out of the blue, no warning signs;
he just washed his hands and packed his bags
never to be seen or heard from again.
He didn’t want to be a father, anyway.

Their children grew up in foster homes, they
do not remember their birth parents,
and maybe it’s better off that way.