2012-09-20T14:16:10-07:00September 20th, 2012|Parenthood|

What kind of river

He will look at this photo
years from now

his second birthday
the story will have endured
about how there was no cake
only a candle
in a spelt muffin

your mouth is full
someone will say
maybe his wife
you must have liked it

but he isn’t listening
he’s looking at her
in the photo
so unlike a mother
those pretty earrings
those strong arms
holding him up

her face so bright
teeth and eyes and everything

what kind of river
carried her away.

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