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Michele Amas


I watch the man
outside the crèche,
see his back twist
in that lumbar turn
it takes to get a child
into a car seat,
the angle and pull
to reach the seatbelt across.
The faces so close,
each inhaling the other
action and breath;
one secure
one securing.
There are positions
the body remembers.
How many times
did I stretch that way?
What was I thinking
when my arms
were always busy,
my spine strong
enough for two.
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