I wondered if I was spared or
punished by it.
See three smiling cousins,
around age eight,
spattered with mud, after
an afternoon spent playing
in the sodden, low spot in the yard
We dashed high-legged, splashing;
then lurked low
like gators, skin goose-pimpled.
Chris had been shy to take off his shirt.
I held a hand in front of my round belly.
Jennifer, hair plastered down,
already a head taller.
I fill in what’s missing,
wondering if even then,
the seeds were sown for
all the wrong to come.
(c) Copyright 2016 Shawna Mayer
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