Motel nights

Listening to mozart on my iphone

at night, after a work conference,

I have returned to my home town.

Staying in a motel my mother used to clean

she worked hard at a hard job.

As a child I would spend hours in the laundry with her,

the smell of linen and hot air,

the cold feeling of strangers.

Tonight there are voices seeping through the walls

the same old sounds

that come with motels.

The road busy with cars,

the drunks singing in view of CCTV.

I wonder if I am paying too high a price

for a life like this.