keeping spirits up

keeping spirits up
note from self

the work—
applying what she
knows to be true
kindness required
there’s injury, pain
life’s a slog
every minutia
a class in attention

he makes the mocha
she knocks it over
floods the counter
rivers the drawer
spatters oak floor
one-handed, she
snatches the laptop
out of the wave

chance for harsh
or blame
doesn’t happen
they work
in tandem
she “I’m sorry”
he “no need”
they remake
the mocha

2022 ©Amrita Skye Blaine
I’m writing a poem a day. These are drafts—not final versions.

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