Two Truths and a Lie
It’s a game we play – my daughters
and me. The littlest doesn’t get it.
I want cake. I want cake.
I want cake, she says, and she does.
The big one goes to school on the moon.
I’m a fake, I say. I’m a fake. I’m a fake!!!
We laugh and quake. Cheerios line
the counter like stars. I try to find
comfort on this planet where:
If you wipe up enough spilled milk
you become one who wipes up milk.
In the Country
Even in the city, it sounded like we were living
in a topiary: me with my pink uterus, she with hers.
At least the doctor let me keep my feet, I say.
He didn’t, the tree says. I look down, embarrassed.
Sober nights, I read up on child-rearing.
If only I could teach my girls to name their pain.
Mine is more of an emptiness, I say.
It only appears that way, the tree says. I eat cake.
And my girls, I let them eat cake too.
Women with kale bring bushels of apples.
We can sit under the tree, I say.
And we do. And the tree is silent. And I am too.