Niece Sitting

Elderberry jelly in my peanut-butter sandwich doesn’t make me happy Jennifer rides her tricycle around me pretending it’s a horse Now on the swing she’s a rhinosceros beast Tess the cat runs across the deck and up the magnolia Cake is baking in the kitchen for Leslie’s surprise birthday party If only I could be alone and not wait until after I walk this kid to school Warm sun dog bark bird butterfly Walk inside call a friend Can’t find powdered sugar What time is it? I don’t know Can you tell? 9:25. Not that clock 9:27. When does the cake come out? In three minutes.

6 May 1980