I have finished that book with its tender characters
so real and fleshy that I worry now
what will become of those two kids?
And that boy living with his grandfather?
The two girls whose father left them?
I know somewhere that these are only characters in a book
but also too that their real-life counterparts are out there
and as they say in therapy If it’s real to the client, it’s real.
And so–Joy Rae, I hope you make good choices in life
and you too Richie and Dena and Emma and DJ
all so young and with so little to hold onto.