She Was Gone

one day she was crawling on the floor
in a pale green onesie
everything she found straight in her mouth
or up her nose
one day she was crawling on the floor
and the next day I looked down
and she was gone

one day she was riding her tricycle
backwards around the yard
getting madder by the minute
’cause it didn’t work
one day
she was riding her trike
and the next day I looked out
and she was gone

one day she was painting her nails
in alternating polka dots
foreseeable fuchsia and lavender
different each hand
one day
she was painting her nails
and the next day I looked in
and she was gone

every time I turn away
five years gone like yesterday
and every time I look at you
my little girl’s gone and turned into someone new

one day she walked down the aisle
I wanted to cry but I tried to smile
we had a dance and some cake and champagne
all of us together
one minute
she was there
and the next, I looked back…


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