My girl

you have the best and the worst
of your mother and of me
we’ve all been hurt by one another
we have laughed and cried together
and still, we are of the lucky
we talk
we visit
we bring chicken soup
you are our heart, our sun
terrible at times to behold
but always melting the ice
when you were ten
you donned my big parka
and went out with your friends
it was dragging in the snow
but you did not care
and when you came home you refused to take it off
last night you took me to hospital
i told you to go home, so you did
and slept in my bed. my bed.
tonight, i found your accidental bobby pin
and, under my pillow,
your on purpose peppermint.


Painting by Lee. (On iPad)

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