Every Child, a Happy Child
Dawn, bright as a needle in the eye. From the corner,
he asks me about the cats in the rocking chair. He asks
me if I can still walk, and how I got the hole above
my ear. I ask him if it's still Tuesday. He asks me
if peanut butter, by itself, is a complete meal and I ask
him where he hid the jar of quarters. He asks if I know
where our parents have gone, and if I know how to make
pancakes. I ask him how he got the scratch on his nose
and why he is still wearing the Bart Simpson t-shirt
from last night. I tell him to check the hood of the car
to see if it's still warm. I tell him to see which shoes
are missing. I tell him not to cut his hair again by himself.
I tell him to open a can of cat food and spread it on the front
porch with a fork. I tell him not to be scared, that the cats
will leave his chair and that peanut butter lasts a long time.