a gentle assurance

a boy loves a girl
and a rock
barely noticing either - while avoiding a loose tooth during brushing

he believes the girl who lives above
she says they are good friends
and you love friends - according to mom

the boy feels good eating - also kicking rocks
he supposes they serve the same purpose
just the same as girl-loving

that rock he kicked all the way from the library
saved that one
showed that one to the girl - and liked it

they both felt nice
it mysteriously reassured the boy
then he forgot - and again kicked a rock, with a nagging hint of more



- artwork by Adam Moskowitz, "Counterform Forest River I"
- hand written and mailed to Indiana -