What Three is Like.

by Marissa Bell Toffoli.

–For Raphael

 

A braid unwinds,

turns into a hand.

I cannot reach the sky.

 

All your ideas fall apart.

I was in the dark.

I was thinking

 

what a beautiful day it was

that you’re going to find

the dawn for me.

 

When the doors were all closed,

my heart banged.

Where are our feelings?

 

I take apart the alphabet.

I want to cut letters all the time.

That’s the trouble,

 

my blue car is blue.

I dreamed of beauty.

The lawnmower dreamed

 

of floating in the water.

We’re all friends,

but we’re different textures.

 

The wind of the dawn

is a long way off.

The moon is coming home to us.

 

It’s so big it’s like a drum.

I’m teaching you

how to make an oubliette.

 

I’ll hold the roof

of your work

in my pocket.

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