mom insisted we were
a comparative - top better from worse.
shoved together as if betrothed
we talked, what, twice?
L. insisted we could cross a frozen swamp
over my instincts, bubbles
muck-mire past my knees;
she lent me clean pants, belt
someone-not-me arranged a sleepover;
was informed she'd share my bed
recall her feet on my face in the night
her recorder squeal-practice, headache-hours
my head in clouds, how to stretch
put my foot all the way down?