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Five thousand days is thirteen years
Five thousand birds cover the square of the sky
Five thousand dollars will buy you a car
Five thousand square feet of house
Tiptoed on eggshells scattered about
Toes tortured, knees scabbed so hard
A remaining lifetime of new skin growing will not make them whole.
Five thousand square feet of chasing
And losing every time.
Unheard, misunderstood, forgotten,
Like a thing left behind but not that important to return for,
Not worth making the trip.
Each foot washed clean with tears of regret,
What could have been but never was.
I would like less square footage and softer falls from now on
Cushioned with kindness for this little girl
So used to soothing herself.
Bring me black bread
Bring me white bread
Just don’t bring me burnt bread
I asked of the ladybug
What went wrong?
I’m a Tutsi in the marsh
My palms are white and the lines are black
My sun looks just like I drew it
When I was four years old
Myths of happiness.