He was tentative. A boy who
walked ahead but
always looked back to be sure of me.
At night, his pinky-finger
curled neatly beneath his chin,
He was gentle.
Too gentle, we worried.
He didn’t like team sports, games with balls or pucks.
He said they were not games.
That games were supposed to be fun.
That some sports were mean.
“There’s too much, too fast,” he said.
“And so much yelling.”
Still, we made him try.
Made him put on uniforms.
Made him get on the field.
On the court.
On the ice.
We told him to have fun.
To get dirty.
And he came home, quietly peeled off his outer layer
and (without complaint), he took a scrap of soap
to wash his hands.
He was delicate, a white moth fluttering against the night window.
But he knew something that we didn’t.
He knew it with certainty, something
we could have put all our faith into.
If we had only been listening.
That he would grow into himself.
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