Kevin’s parents would like to
announce his engagement
would make them

but they are used
to disappointment

they have swept
shattered dream shards
tossed them
in the trash
years ago

No longer
do they
suggest names
charming women
he should call
invite to dinner
women with
productive careers
beautiful personalities. 

They now
are more concerned
their son continues
actively engaged
in productive pursuits

is he gainfully employed?
secure career?
civically minded?

as long as
Kevin doesn’t become
that haggard hermit
in the ramshackle shack
down the street
they will remain content 

only occasionally
will Kevin’s parents
mention unborn children
who won’t be around
to look after him
in his twilight years