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A Princess Grows Up

on the day you went missing
i washed out socks
watched the grime left by stinging words
swirl away from

these toes that had felt tenderness drift through silty sand
packing in the last of summer's heat
now housed the splinters you left behind

on the day you went missing
i took them off for the last time
a tinge of red on white
near their tops

wrung them out
hung them to dry

toughened my eyes

there were things to do.

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2018

Posted for Poets United

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