When you catch a glimpse in the first mirror you’ve trusted in three days
and somehow touching your own face is comforting —
you understand that there are better days.
“Baby girl” becomes what he calls you out of excitement for the future
rather than an edge of disappointed kindness followed by a pause that sounds like this “…”
Every word you shoot back and forth is no longer a panic, angst, anger —
you get excited.
Don’t forget that you can now shower —
oh the warm water like magic fingers splashing over your grinning face!
When you forget why the don’t – don’t – don’t became the yes – yes – yes…
and when you sit in front of your fairy godmother and spread your arms,
confused but oh so happy.