A kid that age only knows 1000 words…
how can they be the wrong the words?
One boy heard a nightmare, one girl
heard a penguin circus, I heard
something like hope, whatever it is
that presses you against your seat.
Conducting with pretzel rods and some
four year old mutters “fuck you” once
in a while.
This one’s getting stronger and his
mom older, her greying frizz straining
to subdue his adolescent piston strength.
Standing against cages of hands
always pulling you down, you just
want to move through the sounds
but last time you moved toward the dog
or through the window or toward the stove.
We are clapping with fingertips on palms.