Tinny Dancer

I thought for a moment
that the miniature statue
kept on your mother’s table
was made of iron
or something equally strong.

Imagine my surprise
when wrestling with you
on the couch
to discover the ballerina
could be so easily broken.
Do you think she can be repaired?
Do you think your mom
will be upset
about the death of that family heirloom?

What will upset her more
do you think:
the loss of the dancing figure
or her child’s innocence?
I think I can only take the blame
for one.

Innocence it is.
Good luck
trying to fix the statue.

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