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2020-11-20T13:02:47-05:00November 18th, 2020|Parenthood|

A crush detector

The mystery of girls
has suddenly closed in around him
like drapes drawn shut
on a window that had the clearest view
only just last week.

Secret conversations
and looks that last a second
but mean a hundred things
and laughter that stops and starts
at things he doesn’t understand.

“I wish there was a crush detector
for just one day,”

he said out loud to the ceiling today
and I couldn’t think of the right way
to tell him that the figuring-out
is the most exciting part,

learning this silent new language
that runs on electricity
and sounds like a thumping heart
and if I had to colour it
I would pick the exact flush
of his cheeks.

But I didn’t say any of that,
I just put extra butter on his toast,
put on that Sinéad O’Connor song
that always makes me cry,
and we listened to it together
right through
to the end.

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