“my mom didn’t believe in high heels” she said
“and anyway, i’m no good at walking straight”

and this helped me understand her better

so now
when she practices her balance
and walks an imperfect line down the center of my
formerly-going-smashingly-uncomplicated life,
i stand aside and let her go
rather than offer a steady hand

because if i’m going to fall this fast
she might as well be next.