quand il neige

January 21, 2007

my little sister
(she is just barely 10)
we brush our teeth
together
the snow is falling
on the
street outside.
her face is pink
toothpaste foam
dripping on her
chin, her eyes are
very round.
the light from the window
arcs across her
forehead
her
small hands.
i watch her
in the mirror –
her right ear
lies flat, but
her left ear sticks out very far,
like an
elephant
or
a butterfly
she has ladybug earrings
and blue-green eyes
we do not look
alike
the sunlight through her ear
makes me want to 
save the world
for her.

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