“How to age”
I start my car and see her,
she is standing in the doorway waving
like a child waves
when parents leave for a weekend away.
I know her wave is saying don’t leave me
alone with him. He has hurried inside the
house. I spied him piling some of her
stuff into my trunk, the stuff he doesn’t want,
his way of saying
I’m sending her with you and
I don’t want you to leave me alone with her.
I back down the driveway
feeling so very old
so very very old.
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