Grade A: two kids

Written in Albuquerque (Mesa SE), May 2002.  This took place on Silver SE, a couple blocks from my apartment.  Published in my books The Closed Shrine and Wings of the Gray Moon, in the local zines Central Avenue and the Rag, and in the journal Lummox.  It was also accepted by Pegasus.

two kids

 

he’s one

& keeps saying his sister’s name

over & over

 

she’s three

& keeps answering “What!”

with more & more annoyance

 

she’s learned

that names are beckonings

 

he’s only learned

that names are bursts of praise