perhaps it’s the only child within

seeking an after-school playmate

i never outgrew a strong desire

for the company of others

when you’re a grown-up

it’s not as easy to say

“can i come over?”

“will you play with me?”

(this is not meant to be pitiful)

there is a skill you acquire

with age

or maybe it’s a taste

a change of palate

but you learn that stillness

can be delicious

that time alone

can be a treat

sometimes conversation



in order to retune yourself

to the universe