Raising Boys (A series of five poems)

by Melissa J. Dixon


I would paint this life

Multicolored angst, delight

A dance with love’s cry


You make me so proud

When you tuck your face and sigh

Recognizing “yours”


Breathe in ripened crops

Sense grit in hidden foot-cracks

Heed speed bumps, mountains


Soothe the aching dark

Choreograph its heart-song

High-pitched lullabies


Pray—from your belly

Deep, pithy concentration

A conversation

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