Melissa Lee-Houghton says she's yours

She’s Yours

One version is that you went to prison, and
nobody knowing why only makes it all the more glamorous
to a seven year old with a giddy imagination.
Out picking daisies and dandelion clocks,
scabs all over her knees, the girl imagines you
rattling your tin cup along the prison gates,
take out a photograph all crumpled and greasy
of her, and cry all day. She is only waiting for you
to be good again. If you can master that she’s yours.

* Melissa Lee-Houghton says “I write reviews for the Short Review, fiction most recently published in Succour and poetry most recently published in Tears in the Fence. A full collection of poems is due out 2011.”

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