It's just me and him, circling
and negotiating his wants, my needs
as the many days of summer
stretch out long and too lean.
Today's goal was to wield kindness
like a sword. Spend precious hours
focused on him, only and fiercely,
showing him that he's loved, even
though I won't give into demands.
A hot dog, a cardboard box,
and green spray-can hair dye
gave me more peaceful work time
than an entire afternoon of yelling.
Kindess. Attention. Time. They actually work.
New goal: Keep it up, woman.
***This post is part of Six Word Fridays.***