I’ve glued my daughter’s hair clips back together
pink fabric ripped, but salvageable and
a small blue heart from my own broken earrings.
I could ride my bike to the mall right now
buy them ten times over, buy the brightest ones
the most expensive ones, ones that will survive
small fingers and curiosity. They’ve lasted less than two months
the trip to Kmart her first time using a public toilet, everything
an adventure after months of lockdown, everything an adventure
when you’re not-quite two. I could buy her new hair clips
every day, but I won’t because one bedtime meltdown
she’d been moved away from the cat, who
puts up with more than he should, though loved
puts up with so much she thinks his tail is fair game.
She’s still learning not to squeeze so hard. I took her
to her room, wiped streaks of tears sat opposite,
a pale green swaddle from newborn days draped
over her head and mine as she calmed, held
my face with the gentleness I know she has
gentleness I hope for her, but hope will not be her undoing
as it so often has felt like mine…
Thank you for my joy, Mummy I checked I’d understood, Your joy?
Yes. Thank you for my joy. Thank you for dinner, Mummy.
hands still gentle, the same hands that dissected hair clips
beat fists on the ground, made the cat flinch (but never leave,
I really feel he should sometimes just leave)
Thank you for my sparkly hair clips from Kmart, Mummy.
So I’ve glued them back together, adding a piece
of me, knowing we’ll break and renew each other
twenty more times before morning.