At Your Knee

“I’m okay.”
You’re okay.
(right? )

Until you repeat the question,
(“You okay?”)

and I stammer (dammit!)
choking on the black dust of memories
while the
loose gravel of forgiveness under foot
threatening to
lay me out if I’m not careful

“What were you asking?”

“Are you okay?”
I pause
listening for the echoes of your voice
(a little too tightly)

to your lips spilling promises

Grow old with me…”

Your gaze is all want and concern
You’re subtle, I’ll give you that.
A charmer for sure.

If I was any kind of student I’d show you how much I’ve learned
taught by my example” you’d say and pat yourself on the back.
I meet your icy blues.
“Never better.”


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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Nicely done! I love the under currents here. So many swirls of emotion!
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  2. I love the end, the dynamic of student and teacher, and how it is turned around. I’m with Tina too, so much subtext here, simmering under the surface.
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  3. I like it. She did find someone to grow old with, didn’t she.
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  4. Ha. Love the peek into all the undercurrents. Conversations are never just about the words.
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  5. Ooooh Kir, I love that “black dust of memories” and how your write is set out that it echoes the doubts and questions spilling through.
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  6. You know I love me some parens. 😉 You’ve used them so well, here. I also especially love “choking on the black dust of memories.” I could feel this, physically. So powerful.
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