Unfolding Miss July

      by Jeanne Emrich and Michael Dylan Welch

 

First published in Frogpond 23:3, Fall 2000, page 55. Written June to November 1999.

 

 

rainy afternoon . . .

in the dollhouse bedroom

dad’s old cigar box                                                           Jeanne

 

       thimbles on her fingers

       the toddler plays piano                                          Michael

 

in the closet

with flashlights . . .

unfolding Miss July                                                          Jeanne

 

first day of school—

cardboard in the spokes

held by a clothespin                                                        Michael

 

       two soup cans and a wire—

       the beat of your heart                                            Jeanne

 

dressing up

in mother’s old evening gown—

uneven nerf balls                                                             Michael