Important Things To Do

How miraculous it is that in a place like this
you could possibly exist—so real with your almost blonde hair
and purple dress too big and wide wide hat you must have chosen yourself and
here you are just maybe five or eight? And here you are walking
not fifteen steps behind your mother and you are walking just alone
not noticing my flat tired bicycle because who cares about my bicycle?
So real that you’re just looking and thinking and not seeing
almost anything you could get lost around here could
trip and break an arm or get stolen or step on a crack and
here you are just watching where the grass meets the sidewalk.
There’s some gorgeous game in your mind—I know because I played it.
I played it just like you darling darling darling I knew you. I know
what you’re doing and you are incredible. Your little hands
and tapping fingers and words just beneath your little mouth
little one you forgot to brush your hair this morning but so did I so
did I. You know that rushing legs and wheels like these will step around you
skirt by you because dear you have things to do dear you have
the important things to do.

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