when you were three (for Ev)

when you were three (for Ev)

you say i don’t love you
so we count it out on our fingers
my
mom
i begin
loves
me
you finish
each of our four fingers uncurl
with each word until they are
spread out and waving.
we say it again
and again
closing our fists and opening them
slowly
again
and again
until my hand relaxes
and my arms reach toward you
to hold you and
repeat:
I
will
always
love you

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