My mother tells me 1. what are you afraid of? of those three, she says the first one is the most important. I met you on a Sunday, right on our second date, he smiled like he knew. me?
that when I meet someone I like,
I have to ask them three questions:
2. do you like dogs?
3. what do you do when it rains?
“They gotta be scared of something, baby. Everybody is. If they aren’t afraid of anything, then they don’t believe in anything, either.”
one look and my heart fell into
my stomach like a trap door.
I asked you what you were afraid of.
“spiders, mostly. being alone. little children, like, the ones who just learned how to push a kid over on the playground. oh and space. holy shit, space.”
I asked you if you liked dogs.
“I have three.”
I asked you what you do when it rains.
“sleep, mostly. sometimes I sit at the window and watch the rain droplets race. I make a shelter out of plastic in my backyard for all the stray animals; leave them food and a place to sleep.”
like his mom told him the same
“how about you?”
I’m scared of everything.
of the hole in the o-zone layer,
of the lady next door who never
smiles at her dog,
and especially of all the secrets
the government must be breaking
it’s back trying to keep from us.
I love dogs so much, you have no idea.
I sleep when it rains.
I want to tell everyone I love them.
I want to find every stray animal and bring them home.
I want to wake up in your hair
and make you shitty coffee
and kiss your neck
and draw silly stick figures of us.
I never want to ask anyone else
My mother tells me
1. what are you afraid of?
of those three, she says the first one is the most important.
I met you on a Sunday, right
on our second date,
he smiled like he knew.
One day I’ll wake up and be glad I did