by poems & doodles

for longer than i care to admit

i knew the truth about the existence of


 the tooth fairy

 and the easter bunny  

but said nothing. 

i never questioned

 santa’s familiar handwriting

 or the sale of my teeth

 or how an upright rabbit knew

 our home well enough to fit hard boiled eggs

 into nooks and crannies id never noticed. 

because there was something

much more

magical and 


about the care 

you demonstrated to 

preserve my

fragile adolescence with

harmless omissions of truth 

and candy-sweet,

singsong manipulations

of my trust. 

it was nice

believing in that

believing in you

    that way

for a while.