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2021-05-03T12:25:55-04:00May 2nd, 2021|Parenthood|

Result is negative

The poem wouldn’t come
until I got the text

result is negative

all day, the words
had been like choppy breath
I couldn’t catch them
I couldn’t slow them down

as I read her a bedtime story with my mask on
as she asked if she could hug me
as she asked if it was okay to be scared

I tried to wrap words around it all
but they darted away
as if they were as scared as me

not wanting to be given a part
in the wrong ending

until I got the text

result is negative

which tilted the world
back in place
and let the poem
roll right out.

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