2020-03-30T19:50:20-04:00July 29th, 2016|Relationships|


She has red hair
and a wonky tooth

she is taller than him
but he tells me
their thumbs
are the same length

her name is Layla
and after he drags me
over to meet her
I tell them
I’ve met her before
in the playground

so she throws her arms
around him
and shouts
like a judge declares
a winner

see, we’re already friends

and as the sun drops
leaving a pretty smudge
of pink chalk
across the sky

he gets on his bike
and she kisses him on the cheek

he bikes fast
to show off
but then he stops
and yells

I love you more
than all my ancestors

and the last few moms
packing up blankets
and babies
clutch their hearts

as I do
feeling a cracking open
of hope

with a slight ache too
as I feel myself
wishing a five-year-old’s
uncomplicated devotion
was something