Little Cousin (new version)

When you told me your favorite kind of purple was lavender blush

I almost missed the turn.

Three hours ago,

we were throwing screwdrivers at the ground

and trying to fart with our hands

Immediately after you said it

I could tell you wanted to take it back

I guess you were thinking

it an odd thing to say for a 14-year-old boy

I started telling you about my wife’s recent visit to Japan

how she had brought back a replica Samurai sword

Turning my head,

I found you tugging on hairs at the top of your head

And that’s when I noticed the bald spot

pale and jarring

like puberty in reverse

I stopped the car.

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