how much coffee can one small girl drink
before she turns into a spinning top,
a wiggly giggler,
a caffeinated kook?

You said
“take a walk with me”
but you meant
“I want to give you things”
like sidewalk kisses and stolen dragonfly wings
and so here I am,
a little tanner and a tad tired,
holding an empty cup as though you were still here
to fill my fix

for boys are always boys
until they grow up into men
and walk away.

 

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