my daughter

i hold onto the possibility of her
by holding onto the idea
of having another child,
a daughter.

and once i close the door on that
i close the door fully on her,
on daughter

on ponytails at ballgames
on watching MTM
on reading madeline.

and i know what an extraordinary gift my 3 sons are —
the world will never know how much i know that
and how much i love them.

but it’s just that i got so close to having her,
my daughter.

i got so fucking close.

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