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Missing You by Eva M. Schlesinger

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Missing You

    - Eva M. Schlesinger © 2017


He had his own language
Making things from itch itch,
Instead of from scratch,
Saying lettuché for lettuce
Squish for squash
Poompkin for pumpkin
Chocolate mouse, instead of mousse

When my mother told him
She put five-spice on the acorn squash,
He said, I see them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I liked how his eyes lit up when he was delighted,
And his mouth twitched with delight

We visited a chocolate store my mother read about
"Did you see the chocolate dogs?" I asked excitedly
I'm not surprised, he said. I once saw chocolate bark

I told him he was my special pal
He said I was his
"Forever and ever?"
Let's hope so, he said.

One day I told him I would go see my friend
I asked what he would do without me to entertain him
He said he would be very busy
"Doing what?" I wondered
And he said, Missing you


Eva M. Schlesinger, author of Remembering the Walker and Wheelchair (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and View From My Banilla Vanilla Villa (dancing girl press, 2010), ha s received the Literal Latte Food Verse Award and is contributor to Changing Harm to Harmony: Bullies & Bystanders Project, and elsewhere. She’s a Grand Slam contender on The Moth Stage.

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