Let’s unwind the world a little
for you and the curly haired girl
in your class. For your parents, your aunts,
your cousins and neighbors, for the tan and white
dog that comes to everyone’s door. For me.

Let’s count firetrucks at night and mallard ducks
in the afternoon. Let’s step on sidewalk cracks
and know that harm will never notice. She’s
overtired and hasn’t even put away her toys.
Let’s put together puzzles with sunlight

on the wooden living room floor
without waking the cat who sleeps in the way.
Let’s unwind the world and fit it into a story
we can read before bed. One where the wolf
and the spinning tiger are only there
to help us get home.

Image credit:David Dibert

Sara Clancy is a Philadelphia transplant to the Southwest.  Her chapbook Ghost Logic won the 2017 Turtle Island Quarterly Editors Choice Award. Among other places, her poems have appeared in Off the Coast, The Linnet's Wings, Crab Creek Review, The Madison Review, Misfit Magazine, Avatar Review and Verse Wisconsin. She lives in the desert with her husband, their dog, two ordinary cats and a psychotic cross-eyed one.