children should be Invincible

impervious to anything
beyond skinned knees
scraped elbows

their only worries
worms on sidewalks
the coolest pencil box

and whether Grandma
is up in heaven
looking down –

not going to see for themselves

© Sarah Whiteley

Sometimes it’s either let it out, or fall to pieces. This is me letting it out. Hug your kids, people.