Julia Tranchina

ESPECIALLY THE AMERICAN VARIETY WHICH CAN BE TAUGHT NOT TO TALK

and to always use breath mints
and to always stay in character
and to enhance magical moments
and to maintain a jolly attitude
and to enjoy a leisurely meal
and to listen
and to receive meaning
and to have a good grip on each child
and to have hands visible at all times
and to hand back anyone handed to you
and to always be escorted
and to replace this with something better
and to NEVER promise anything
and to never assume they can walk
or to never be seen
            talking on a watch
            handling a phone
            wearing money
            smelling
            yoking
or to land on your head in the sunken living room
or to monitor your movements
or to run away while asleep
or to jerk the roots out
or to swallow pins
or to walk barefoot in the snow
or to warrior for umbilical cords
or to drive through rising water
or to find yellow jackets in the door locks
or to keep calling for mercy
or to get away leaving arms and legs behind
or to have no nerve endings
or to fall off the roof
or to wash all the green mold off
or to own a pretty girl outright
or to grow up ugly and nobody cares
or and to reach the end of your life intact

                                    
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