authentic expression


I didn’t wear lipstick

or curl my hair

didn’t iron the sheets

or brush my teeth


I didn’t work til 5

or wash the car

didn’t spray for ants

or trim the weeds


I didn’t breathe deeply

as my yoga teacher


didn’t find the lake

where we skimmed



I didn’t collect


or count freckles

on your nose


blow bubbles

or pick Queen Anne’s



I did

whisper your name

along the way

though you were

too far

to hear.

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