Girl says she does not give a doodle
about sun, moon, or hemisphere.
Girl holds stuffed puppy dog, will not let go
as much as boy tries to coax her.
When pressed, she pauses, too thoughtful
for her age, says nothing could make monsters
as scary as parents, not even some zodiac
with symbols like fish or scorpions.
Little boy frowns, looks around corner.
Big feet stomp back and forth.
Man packs bags, woman paints nails.
It's the same old song and dance.
He turns to his sis-sis and whispers:
"They're the reason I need to believe."
Kristina England is a Virgo residing in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her poetry and fiction is published or forthcoming in Extract(s), Gargoyle, New Verse News, The Story Shack, The Quotable, Tipton Poetry Journal, and other magazines