I like taking her to the movies 

Now that she's three 
she won't sit on my lap 
unless she is very tired and sleepy 
and the movie is a little scary 
and it's dark in the theatre 
then she clings to me 
and the heavy weight of her is welcome 

because it's like the thousands of times 
when I held her to my breast 

and I looked down 
at a geometry more beautiful than a circle: 
the perfect oval of her head. 

—Kirsten Emmott


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