Poetry & Prose

Ten Years

grow out of clothes,
grow out of shoes,
grow out of friends,
be kissed for the first time,
see someone you love die.

ask your mother to hug you,
ask your mother to piss off,
learn about your sister’s secret life,
try to help her get better.

grow into new clothes,
grow into new shoes,
grow into new friends,
be kissed every weekend,
see a cousin be born.

ask your mother to visit you,
ask her to stay close,
see your sister grow stronger,
see her relapse,
pray she finds a way to get better.

when she does get better
you turn around
and see ten years behind you.