Sunday, January 10, 2016


At circle the children are eager 
to share who is dead - PopPop, Grandpa Joe, Mima -
And his red curls shaking, he tells
my mom is dead,
yes and my dad is dead.
I am dead too.

But the after-school teacher tells Chase,
When he asks, How did Martin Luther King die?
He was very old, he lived a long time and then he died. 
39 is so young to be so old.
During nap time Chase
plays with dolls in the office.
They are always turning 36.
Stay a bit,
Sing Happy Birthday,

He pleads

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