Thérèse


Today is nods

shuffling feet and complacency.

Today is smiling eyes

a nurturing glance and

those pants you wear when

you're happy then

but your girl

your whirl

your twirl

your tip

your tap

is not

all that.

I see you see

me.

Ma petite Thérèse elle rêve

de quoi?

"Nohhhhhthing-ah."

Rearview mirror

eyes on the back

of your head

all the nods and

the smiles

you knew.

In the tunnel radio blurs and

lights out

your warm and

leathery paw

knows just how to hold

my shivering hand.

To my daddy -

because you can.