On being kind

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.***


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