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