typed shirtless in the sun
i need to water my marigold. often i forget to do so.
i don’t have a watering can, so i use large pink plastic cups that scarlett picked out at the dollar store.
my freckles show up in the sun.
i hope no one gets shot, today.
i keep hearing scarlett’s laughter in my head
when i played with her on the swings.
her laugh is sharp and voluminous
her blue eyes wide and sweet
i hope no scarlett’s lose their
mommies or daddies, today.
and i hope more people get to hear laughter
sweet and genuine and as-of-yet untouched by malice
than sirens and oh god whys