She Was Gone

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one day she was crawling on the floor
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in a pale green onesie
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everything she found straight in her mouth or up her nose
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one day she was crawling on the floor
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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

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

one day she walked down the aisle
I wanted to cry but I managed 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…