i love you, she says

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“i love you, she says” by Sharon Rauenzahn

i love you, she says, climbing up sleepy into her bed
and she does love me
see you in the morning, she says, closing sleepy eyes
and she will see me in the morning
and she will see me at 3am too
the creak of a door, a rustle by the bed
mom i had a weird dream, she says
and i will hold her a while, warm, hair smelling of sunshine
and then i will walk her, sleepy, back to her bed
i love you, she says, eyes closing against her pillow
and she does love me
and she will see me in the morning
all the certainties of childhood inhale and exhale with her
and they return to me too, in half-forgotten faith
that love lasts forever
that kisses cure
that mom & dad are stronger than any nightmare
that every morning is a new morning
and every day, highly likely to be a good one

Nov. 5, 2015

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