a friend says
mouth kind, whole as a bell, mouth
I care for, whose shoelaces I’d tie &
cup I’d fill
do you know what it’s like
to want to believe a non-believer?
suddenly I am
by a child
you know how this ends
by any other name
is still a flock
Copyright © 2019 Shira Erlichman
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