FOR MY LADY OF REVERSE TURNING KICKS
by Jnana Hodson
Doctor says you grew three-quarters of an inch
in three weeks
and here’s your refill prescription.
Mama says it’s time for new shoes,
pick up your clothes, and we need to eat.
Wilderness guide says you’ll track moose in mud today.
Sister says blow your nose – and get out of my coat.
Black-belt master says that kick could go higher.
Cashier says what you owe for that candy.
Omi says you’re becoming so rude.
Step-dad says clear the deck and, God-almighty,
turn down the damn sound.
No matter, the answer to those closest is curt:
“You wanna be part of this family
means you just have to accept it.”
Even I know
you’ll never be twelve again.
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