front porch

I asked my ten year old niece what I should write

my next poem about

she told me to look at the dragonfly

as it flirted by

she hopes that her best friend

Aubrey is in the same

fifth grade class as her

she asked me about motorcycle safety

making sure a dear friend wears a helmet

and a leather jacket

to break the fall

i hope fifth grade is kind to her

effortless

like a dragonfly’s Saturday

if she hits any speed bumps

I’ll be sure to be the leather

to break her fall.

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