Instead of having sex all the time I like to hold you and not get into some involved discussion of what life means. I want you to tell me something I don’t know about you. Something about the day before that photograph in which you’re standing on your head. I want to know about softball and the team picture. Why are you so little next to the others? Were you younger? Were you small as a girl? What I want most is to have been a girl with you and played on the opposite team so I could have liked you and competed against you at the same time.
Eloise Klein Healy, “Asking About You” from Passing. Copyright © 2002 by Eloise Klein Healy. Reprinted by permission of Red Hen Press.
(Red Hen Press, 2002)
Poems by Eloise Klein Healy