"When I Was Fifteen"
I found a watch
gleaming
gold
diamonds glinting.
I wore it proudly
exploding past my cuff.
It told time perfectly,
my watch.
Excuse me.
A woman’s voice
called from behind.
Excuse me.
Her eyes brightened
at the watch
on my wrist
my watch.
I reached forward.
My wrist.
Her watch.

"At Thirty-Five"
I bought my own car
the little orange Civic
my check
good.
“Just remember,” said
the salesman. “I’ll
cash this tomorrow.”
It ran perfectly
delivering the children
to piano, pediatrician,
and church.
Delivering me.
That little car
held everything
I needed
me, my kids, my chair.




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