says age doesnt matter. Thats why Im her son and shes
grown up, yet Im a man and shes a girl.
touches a chrysalis with a fingertip so that it swings on the thread that binds
it to a leaf. Its silver is veined with blues and pinks. "See," she
says. "Its beautiful but its hard. Soon its shell will crack
and an insect will crawl out, spindly and fragile, and flutter off into its brief
this has something to do with me?" I ask.
straw hat is pushed down over her curls. She tips back its brim so that the sun
shines full on her face, and looks up at me. She still has freckles.
sets the chrysalis swinging from its thread.
Arnold. This chrysalis contains my hopes for you. Youve made a beautiful
shell to protect yourself from the world. Some day though youll remember.
Youll break out and spin into tremulous flight."
leans forward to place her hands on the earth, and crawls away. In seconds she
disappears from sight. She makes no noise, so I watch the flowers to see which
way she is heading. There is no breeze, yet I see a hollyhock waving its pink
blooms in the air. I get down on my knees and go find her.
has a curious way of gardening. The garden was mostly lawn till I was old enough
to run about and play ball. Old enough, but completely uninterested. I spent my
outdoors time rooting about in the thin soil border looking for the beauty of
insect life. The next summer, just as the grass was at its most verdant, Pop brought
out a spade and spent the last gardening Sunday of his life. He sectioned the
grass with string and stepped on the spades blade to cut the lawn into neat
rectangles. Mom and I then rolled them up and carried them out to the sidewalk.
Soon the turf was piled as high as the fence. And soon after that it was all gone,
sold to the neighbors and the money stashed in a tin.
day after we sold the lawn, we went to the nursery. Mom kept ordering assistants
back to the storage sheds until we had enough bulbs and tubers to fill two shopping
baskets. Some were the size of my fingernail and others bigger than my fist. The
only bulbs she refused were daffodils. "Not in my garden," she told
the assistant. "Gophers hate them."
favorite bulbs grew into grape hyacinths. In season their little sprigs of blue
bubbles pierced the ground. We sat at a picnic table, flask of coffee and warm
walnut cake to hand, and stared out. "There!" one of us would shout,
and wed each raise binoculars to a trembling hyacinth. First it shivered,
then it swayed, then the whole plant was sucked beneath the earth. We laughed
as a trio, yet tried to hold the binoculars still. Chance was that a gopher would
stick up its snout and whiskers to blink back at us.
always guffawed at that, and lowered the glasses to slap his thighs. "Ill
never understand why people hate gophers," he said. "They aerate the
soil something wonderful. Nature delivers no pests, Arnold. A pest is a critter
weve forgotten to enjoy."
learned to gather when Mom spread flower seed. She scattered it in billows from
upstairs windows when clouds gathered and suggested rain. Birds would land to
chase each other across the surface of the feast, snatching up beakfuls before
raindrops could fall. "The little darlings," Mom said. "They do
love a taste of luxury now and again." They pecked up much of Moms
deluxe selection and left seeds in their droppings.
that came up that Mom liked the look of, she watered. If a dandelion appealed
to her, she nurtured it; if an iris didnt, she tore it out and threw it
in my old playpen. This soon became compost, which she would break up and pat
around the roots of her favorites. I sent away for some gardening catalogs for
her. They got tossed in the compost too. She didnt want anyone elses
expertise. No expert could know her garden as well as she knew it.
section of the garden made me wonder whether the whole thing grew to some design,
rather than chance seedings and the blowing of the wind. It consisted of grasses
so tall their feathered seeds dusted my hair and shoulders when they fell. Mom
brought me to it at the height of its first season. She parted the outer grasses
like a curtain and invited me to crawl inside. The grass curtain sprang back into
position with her on the outside.
roll around," she told me. "Roll close to the edges, but not through
did as she said.
it flat now?" she asked.
lie on your back."
do you see?" she asked. "Can you see me?"
you see the house?"
Only the grasses and the sky."
the sky like?"
the same sky you can see."
Its just your sky."
with bulking white clouds."
love that. I love that the clouds are bulking. I love your way with words, Arnold.
Now if you cant see me, and you cant see the house, who can see you?"
I grew this for you, Arnold. Its your private wilderness. Youre very
refined, but youre a wild boy too. Wild like the clouds. Im not putting
ideas into your head. All the ideas are there already. But if you wanted to strip
naked and feel the earth beneath you, this is the place to do it. If the space
feels so good that you want to share it, for wildness is sometimes fun to pass
around, then invite friends in. Its your space, Arnold. You know where to
find us when youre through."
was years ago, but the patch of grass is still there. Mom has paused just outside
father takes a scythe to it every Fall," she says. "But we keep it going.
You know this grass was never meant to hide you, dont you? Wed have
been quite happy to watch. It was meant to give you freedom, and open you to the
sky. You do know that?"
its still here should you ever need it. And heres an addition."
crawled a little further, as far as the fence dividing us from our neighbors.
father put this in, especially for today," she says, and lifts up a latch
on a gate in the fence. The gate is about three feet high, and painted the same
pink as the nearest hollyhocks. Mom crawls through it.
an average day you could paint the neighbors garden with a palette of three
colors. Green, blue and white. The green of the lawn, the blue of the swimming
pool, and the white of the house. Grace, Donalds wife, begrudges the passing
of seasons and so allows no flowers on the property. Their bloomings are too brief,
their withering too ugly. They employ a gardener to spend three hours a week mowing
and trimming the lawn, and pulling up anything that blows as seed from Moms
wilderness. For three years that gardener was me. Donald the neighbor called me
his faun. He stayed at home those afternoons, sitting in a chaise on his patio
so he could appreciate me. He paid my weekly bonus in hi-quality sun lotions,
so I could work in just a pair of shorts. I learned to bronze without peeling.
Im grateful to Donald.
today he has come through in a handsome way.
of rainbow flags radiate from Donalds cypress, spanning the garden and tied
to the roof of the hacienda house. And Grace has permitted a temporary show of
flowers. A series of large terracotta pots line the perimeter. In each is either
a camellia, a gardenia, or a magnolia, honeybees spinning between their scents.
is filled with palms and ferns each at least twelve feet high. Scarlet parrots
and a toucan fly between the branches. I watch them flutter down to a waiting
boy, dressed in a violet sarong and garlanded with thick strings of marigold.
His skin is golden, his eyes hazel brown. The birds land on his wrists, thin wrists
protected by embossed leather bracelets, and peck from the nuts and crystallized
fruits on his palms.
it wonderful?" Mom says, and waves a hand to the stream of young men in tight
black trousers, white shirts and bow-ties. They are carrying stacks of plates
and trays of glasses to various tables set around the lawn, each table draped
in crisp white linen. "The neighborhood loves you very much, Arnold. This
is their own idea. They wouldnt even let us contribute. It will be a twenty-first
birthday party to remember."
said we were going to have a quiet family celebration. You, Pop, and me."
lied," she says. "A lily-white lie. Are you pleased?"
looks at me.
right I was to warn you," she decides. "You look as comfy as a camel
on an iceberg. Come back to the house. Your father has a present that will get
you in the mood."
ducks back down through the miniature gate, and I crawl through her garden in
waits for me in the living room, his back to the mirror that hangs above the fireplace.
He holds out a parcel, gift-wrapped in pale blue tissue with a silver bow. The
tissue is coarse compared to the white folds I find inside. The garment is so
fine it is almost weightless.
you sew it yourself?" I ask Pop.
fingers are chubby and his nails are broken. Such hands arent geared for
needlework, but Pop often triumphs over such brute facts of existence.
me," he laughs. His hair is newly washed. Wisps of ash-gray curls dance with
the jiggling of his head. "I got a pal at work to sew it to my design."
hold the gown up against myself, arms spread wide with the sleeves against them,
and its white length drops to my ankles. Silver thread embroiders a narrow ellipsoid
pattern around the plunge collar and the cuffs.
beautiful," I say.
will be," Mom says. "Oh it will be when youve put it on. Come
and surprise us when youre ready."
should never appear in a new outfit till your skin has breathed through its fabric.
Mom and Pop taught me this, so they click the door shut and they leave me to change.
I slip out of my clothes. It is summer and I go nude beneath draw string satin
pants. I hold the gown to my left like a companion, and face the mirror. The gown
asks to be worn. A line of mother of pearl buttons are so thin they lie flat against
its cotton. Sooner than undo them I raise the gown above my head and let it drop.
It shimmers down my sides like a coating of cloud.
open the door and step into the hallway. Mom and Pop are sitting on the stairs,
so as to have a grandstand view of my appearance. They gasp as I emerge. Mom turns
than you hoped?" she asks him.
proudest day in any mans life." Tears shine in his eyes and moisten
his voice. His words come out like bubbles when hes joyful, starting in
bass tones and streaming high. "Go on, son. Give us a twirl." The gown
is no wider than my waist leaving little room for my feet to advance. I raise
my arms till my wrists cross lightly above my head, then spring from the balls
of my feet. I turn through three hundred and sixty degrees, and land with my arms
stretched out. It is an offer of an embrace. Mom and Pop hurry down the stairs
and step into it, Mom held under my left arm and Pop under my right. They mold
close to my skin. We are a nuclear family. Fission has fused us into one cell.
we break, for we have to break at some point, we do so with a sigh. We might never
be so close again. Its one of those moments when joy and sorrow squeeze
so close together theres nothing but an opening of the soul. We stand and
look into each others eyes, eyes that water so we wobble out of shape.
I clasp my hands in front to of my chest, flex my knees so the hem of my gown
brushes the parquet flooring, and move in a rapid sequence of tiny steps. I know
the effects, having watched my self-same performance in several home movies from
when I was a child. I move like a geisha, but also with the fluidity of a robot
toy on wheels. Brush up against an object, a wall or a chair or even Mom and Pop,
and I shift to an equally rapid reverse or sideways gear. The movement is a blend
of madness and control.
soundtrack of those home movies is of Mom and Pop laughing. I hear their laughter
now, as they position themselves in different parts of the hallway so as to be
in my way. I steer my little tripping steps so it seems Im unicycling from
one to the other. And back again. And back again.
Pop says at last. He takes hold of my shoulders. Hes laughing, but both
his voice and his grip are firm.
good he does this. Sometimes I lose the space where a performance ends and Arnold
begins, and welcome a little reminding. Ive known a few men, but none as
solid and strong as Pop. I feel some of that strength pass as energy from his
hands through my shoulders and into my whole body. Pop turns me so that I catch
the light coming through the colored panes of glass in the front door. He and
Mom step to either side and regard me.
view me for some minutes, in silence so profound I can hear my own heartbeat and
know it is in time with theirs. Then Pop speaks.
your birthday," he declares. "Your coming of age. Time to show yourself.
Time to change some lives."
this?" I ask. I have several options of party clothes. None of them is a
simple white cotton gown over naked skin.
that," Pop says. He opens the door and Mom steps out to lead the way. "Exactly
fence between our garden and the neighbors is six feet tall, so I cant
see beyond it. Mom and Pop go first. I roll the hem of the gown up to my thighs,
so I am able to bend toward the miniature gate. It saves the material from the
smear of grass stains. Mom and Pop have catered for the gracelessness of such
an entrance. A clothes rail stands on the other side of the fence, and green velvet
drapes hang from brass hoops upon it. I am given a moment to straighten my gown
and collect myself, then Mom and Pop pull the drapes aside.
neighbors laugh to see me appear. Me, I blink and gape, for here before me is
the wonder of my life so far.
years ago I made a book of pen and ink drawings, with oils for colors. Page by
page I imagined a costume for every person in my neighborhood. The pond in our
park seldom freezes. When it does, its ice is so thin only a fool or Jesus would
walk on it. Though you dont see it there, I have imagined my neighbors skating
on its thin ice. The outfits dont hang, they are posed in ice-skating maneuvers.
I love the costumes of ice-skaters, lean like the lines of the skaters bodies.
They are my inspiration.
dreamed that my neighbors shed drab skins and stepped out in these new ones.
sketches have drifted off the pages and been fleshed out.
Boot, six times a mother, was on page four of my book. Now she stands in front
of me, holding a branch of fuchsia to arch above her head. The red of the drooping
flowers is caught in the heightened tones of her bouffant hair and the blush that
lunchtime vodka has planted on her cheeks.
jacket is light, sleeveless, silk. The depth of its purple is marked by the thin
black lines of a fish-scale pattern. The same material with the sheen of snakeskin
coats her hips and thighs, while a cut the shape of a teardrop cradles her belly-button.
The top swells around her breasts, which bounce with the hiccups that she substitutes
one character stretched across a fold in my pen and ink book. Thats Starling
Flounder who linked pages ten and eleven. He was named years ago for the blue
gloss tucked beneath his baby black skin. Now he stands to the left of Mavis Boot.
A crimson catsuit is frayed to a latticework of strands above his chest. These
strands twist around his ears to form a skeletal helmet. Sleeves of gold ribbons
open like paper lanterns when he waves his hands at me, glad to be noticed. Orange
stripes run down the watermelon contours of his body. They dont contain
Starling, for nothing can. They give him an appropriate sense of bursting.
people bedeck the lawn, all in the costumes of my skating fantasy.
brim my eyes and start to fall. Mom takes hold of one shoulder and Pop the other.
My breath, the size of a tennis ball, punches up from my stomach and out through
my throat. The lawn is a whirl of movement and color as everyone skips into position.
on, love," Mom says, and pats me on the shoulder to start me moving. The
neighbors create a path, a corridor lined with people on either side. As I pass
between them, each person offers a flower. When my hands are full of flowers I
cradle them in my arms. When flowers obscure my sight, hands steer me by my shoulders.
path becomes wooden and wobbles beneath my feet.
flowers are lifted from me.
look down to my right. And see water. Down to my left. And see water.
am on the diving board above Donalds swimming pool.
planks bound together by rope form a bridge that crosses the pool in front of
son," Pop announces through a shiny brass bullhorn, "will now walk to
the very edge of the diving board!"
is a drum roll from a band of musicians beneath the cypress tree. Guests hurry
around to ring the pool. They applaud as I step forward. And stop.
still is an art. The body charged, every movement is poised to come out. I do
my best to perform, though the neighbors are not an audience. They are simply
waiting in line.
is first. His outfit works. I waited till page twenty-three of my sketchbook before
attempting it. I was learning simplicity by then. Skin-toned flesh-clutching shorts
have a tongue that licks up toward his navel from where a strap reaches round
his neck. Pads of dark leather sit on his shoulders like epaulettes, strapped
around his armpits and his neck. From these a fringe of leather strips hangs down
to skirt his body. It reveals the hidden Donald. The design is not to my taste,
which is why I am proud of it. I dont lay my fantasies on people. I prefer
to liberate their own.
has silver hair, cut to a Teutonic bristle so the scalp shines through. At least
it shines today, for he is blushing pink from his neck up to his crown. Nipping
hold of the top mother-of-pearl button on my gown, he undoes it. He looks into
my eyes, smiles, and walks on.
Boot now walks the bridge and stops in front of me. Her finger strokes my Adams
apple, and moves on down. She undoes the second button.
return for dressing each of them, they are undressing me.
the twenty-seventh person has passed me by and unbuttoned me, I anticipate the
exactness of Pops preparations. My gown is now undone to just below my navel.
There will be one button for each of the costumed guests. The final guest will
bend to undo the button at my ankles.
is exactly how it is.
pulls the gown back from my shoulders as the boards that form the bridge are lifted
from the pool.
has raised his bronze bullhorn to his mouth once again.
son will now dive from the edge of the board, and emerge at the far end. Ladies
and gentlemen, friends one and all, observe a coming of age!"
little to do but follow instructions.
flex my knees, bounce the board a few times, and spring headfirst. My fingers
lead a splashless dive into the blue.
pool is fifteen meters long. The force of my dive propels me to the far end and
sets me surging through a rage of tiny bubbles
a single movement my head breaks the water, my arms wheel round to the edge of
the pool, and my body rushes up through a stream cascading from my head. I grip
the stone edging and soar from the pool, my knees bending then straightening to
spring me upright.
the minute," Mom says, for she has come around to receive me. "To the
second, this is when you were born twenty-one years ago today. You were a wonder
as a baby. You are a wonder now."
takes my fingertips in a delicate hold and spreads my arms wide, then brings them
together so my hands are clasped within hers. All this time she looks me in the
eyes. Tears drop from mine. With the water from the pool and the smile on my face
I wonder who knows I am crying.
roar explodes behind me. I turn to see my friends from college. They are here
after all, kept for now in this sequence of surprises. They must have viewed me
from the house and now fill the patio. They grin as they roar. Their fists punch
the air. The day keeps budding into new perfection.
son," Pop says. He lays his hand around my shoulders even though I am so
wet, and steers me across the grass toward the miniature gate in the fence. "Dry
clothes await you in your private patch of grass. Take your time. Come back and
join us when youre ready."
leave the party backwards. It seems elegant somehow. More so than raising my bare
ass to the throng as I crawl from sight. I offer the guests a smile as I retreat
from their view.
each smile more broadly than I.
probably know the schedule.
I stand up on the far side of the fence, and close the gate in front of me, a
pair of arms curls round my body and holds me from behind.
gets to call me Arnie. Im saving that name for a special voice.
nuzzles in my ear, warm and young.
ease myself loose. The embrace still holds but I can turn around.
normally hold it together better than this. Pete laughs.
pleased then," he says. "I wasnt sure. Despite the surveys."
survey him. His mop of black hair. Blue eyes. Bronzed skin. High cheekbones. Straight
nose that curves a touch for a slight sheen at the tip. Slight dimple to the chin.
Swimmers shoulders. Dark blue short-sleeved cotton shirt, open at the neck,
over white knee-length shorts, thonged sandals on bare feet.
notices me check him out.
your mother choose that outfit?" I ask him.
he tells me. "Yours did."
it looks good, I decide.
chose yours too," he adds.
look down at myself and blush. Pete has made me coy.
birthday suit," I joke. "Pop says there are some clothes in my patch
of grass. Just through here."
part the curtain of grasses, and Pete follows.
crocheted bedspread is laid upon the ground, patterned in a mix of blue yarns.
A tag is tied to a corner by a light blue ribbon.
blue for my boy.
all my love, Mom
set of new clothes is folded neatly upon it. A pair of sandals, white satin draw-string
shorts, and a dark blue cotton short-sleeved shirt. An identical outfit to Petes.
the top of the bedspread are two pillows, both blue. Two matching blue towels
are folded to either side of the spread, and in one corner of the grass patch
is a green pottery vase filled with iris. A large blue earthenware bowl stands
at the foot of the spread. It is filled with water, several pink and yellow rose
petals floating on top, two blue facecloths folded over the rim.
pick up my shorts and prepare to put them on.
Pete touches my shoulder. "Youre wet. Lay down. Let the sun dry you."
hesitate. He lies down himself and waits for me.
beautiful," he says.
standing naked and silent above him. It gets to seem wrong. Im not the dominant
lie down on my back beside him. When I wake in the mornings I sometimes lie still
to recover a dream. This is different. I stay still, but my body is tense. Blades
of grass tickle my balls while my shoulders dig into the earth. A spider works
its way between the hairs of my right leg and I let it be. I clench my buttocks
and dig my fingers into the soil, turn my focus on the heat of the sun as it steams
my body dry, but it does no good. I am trembling.
stage fright. For years Ive lain here naked and alone, dreaming of a moment
such as this. Those dreams were fantasies. Now Im stuck in a body. The sun
flares above my closed eyelids, yet stars burst inside my head.
gay then?" I ask. I gulp the words. Hes kind to understand them.
I have to be gay to find you beautiful?"
laughs but its also a sigh. Were both on our backs, talking up at
know when your parents came up last semester?"
a day. Yes."
came for three days."
raise my head to look at him, then lay it back down again. Hes explaining
in any case. Ive no need to act surprised.
father passed out slips of paper to everyone they met, everyone you introduced
them to. They were invitations."
came later. Invitations to their hotel the next day. He and your Mom bought everyone
drinks and explained what it was they wanted."
How could I be? You didnt introduce us."
should I? I hardly know you."
irony of the situation is delicious. We let it absorb some silence for a while.
handed out a survey," he continues. "Asked your friends to fill it in."
drinks. Favorite food. Favorite music. Yours and theirs. Your parents wanted this
party to have something for everyone. Then there was one other question. Dream
prop myself up on an elbow and look down at him. He opens his eyes, sees me, laughs,
and sits up. His arms loop around his knees.
mate?" I ask him.
tell you, your mom and dad are wild. They explained the rules. It couldnt
be a girl for a start. God loves straight people. He loves some so much he blesses
them with gay children. He loves gay people so much they attract each other. Your
dream mate must be a man. Other rules? People cannot select themselves. And they
cannot choose someone youve dated before. Youre nearly twenty-one.
You might have loved, you might have been loved, but youve never loved equally.
Thats what they want for you. A time of equal love. They were looking for
someone who can give you that."
to do that for me? My friends chose you?"
that didnt know me voted for their best male friend. Still, I got sixty-seven
think youre up to the job?"
closes me in his arms and hugs me tight. I hug him back. He shakes a little. I
shake a lot. When we break apart we each raise hands to wipe tears from the others
gay then?" I ask again.
looks at me, then lets hid head drop.
thats what it takes."
is it so hard to say?" I wonder aloud. "Why doesnt everyone want
to be gay? Its wonderful."
Mom set a stool by the fence. I stood on it and watched your party. Thats
not an ordinary crowd over there. You dont live in an ordinary world."
just my neighbors."
you see? Other peoples neighbors arent like that. Yours are different
because theyre yours. Your mom and dad explained it to me. You changed them
they said. You change everybody. Make them lighter."
did they explain all this?"
took me to lunch, the third day of that visit. Broke the ice by showing me your
designs. Theyre fabulous. Your roommate photocopied them. Your Mom borrowed
the originals overnight, drew little lines in pencil, and described every color.
Then your father broke the news. They had run a poll. I had been selected as the
dream mate for their son."
did you say?"
paused a moment.
thanked them very much. Said I was honored of course. But I wasnt gay."
werent? You mean youve changed?"
Mom reached over and patted my hand. Dont worry about that, dear,
she told me. Love finds a way."
always said that." I think it over. "Why did they think I needed help
in finding you?"
too perfect," I try. "A boys got to dream."
impossible dream. Thats what your parents called it. You used to know no
limits. Then limits set in. They decided to free you. They would come and look
for your impossible dream. Then make it come true."
they paying you?"
the world hurt you that much?" He tilts his head, as though he can see me
clearly enough to find his answer. "They said it had. They said you might
ask me that question. Sure, theyre paying me."
watches the hurt settle in on my face.
paying me with you."
leans forward and kisses me on the mouth. Its a virginal kiss. A peck.
reach for more.
we break, and we smile, I pick up my clothes.
brought other clothes," Pete says. "We dont have to go dressed
lets!" I enthuse, and put them on. "Peas in a pod. Look at you.
Look at me. Were perfect in somebodys eyes. Every mom must have her
day. Are you nervous?"
giggly. Which is worse. Come on, Pete. Stand by my side. See me through."
leave the grass patch. I pull open the gate, and we dive back through to the party.
made no costume designs for Mom and Pop. Theyre not my hometown. Theyre
just home. They dont need changing.
wears a sleeveless dress with a pleated skirt. Its white, patterned with
red rosebuds. The same red colors her headband and shoes. Pop is in fawn chinos,
white loafers, a white shirt, and scarlet linen jacket. They are clothes we havent
shopped for together. Though Ive left home life goes on sweetly without
circular dance floor, cut from linoleum and patterned like a wheel of fortune,
is spread out across the lawn.
and gentlemen," the accordionist announces. He is part of a gypsy trio who
play from beneath the canopy of the cypress. "To the melody of our native
blue Danube, we ask Arnold and Peter to open the dancing."
zither player starts a free-flow of improvisation, his tune not yet a waltz but
weaving to and fro, mapping the Danubes early tributaries. Guests call out
encouragement, and shift to left and right as though the Danubes waters
are set to flow between them.
opening in the crowd reveals Pete at its furthest end. He walks slowly forward.
he asks. We havent had time to work out these subtleties of our relationship.
knows?" I reply. "Well go where the music takes us."
trio follows us at first, placing notes against the awkward movements of our feet.
Then Pete lightens. His shoulders loosen, he gives my left hand a squeeze, then
lifts it higher. With a slight toss of his head he shows me his profile.
got gypsy blood in him," I think, to a thrill.
I know something more. I know weve both sat in front of late-night TV, as
couples whirled and paraded ballroom dances beneath the sparkle of glitterballs.
The moves weve watched, the twists and turns weve adored, are stirring
in his body. Theyre there. Theyre close. Just a touch and theyll
close my eyes. Close out for a moment the sight of this man in my arms. The spin
of the waltz catches me inside its vortex and leans my back against his arm. Im
momentum now. Were beginning to flow. Coursing along to the strains of old
blur behind his head while he stays in focus. Were in orbit round the center
of our new-found world. Our faces are blank with amazement. Then the dance wheels
us on and the force spins us faster. It pulls wide our mouths and were laughing.
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in tune with the Blue Danube Waltz.
party ends yet life is still beginning. We lie on the ground in my patch of grass,
Moms crocheted bedspread on top of us. Stars blanket the sky as we look
Pete asks. His head rests on my chest. I feel the vibration of his voice pass
through me. "Is this really how it is? Is life as good as this?"
can be." I stroke my fingers through his hair. "This is how good it
can always be."