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By Jim Mikoley

Let Father’s answer – “Maybe,”

To “Can we stop for ice cream?”

Be the full text of the chapter titled:

Hope.

Translate from alarm clock into pillow.

Set a bowl of cherries

On the open-curtained sill,

Spit stones for punctuation

to the courtyard page below.

Once, at least, remove your glasses,

Allow it to read you.

Tell it with both endings,

Concluding with the one

Where she says

“Hush, I love you,”

After he says “I see white.”

Tell it with both endings,

Beginning with the one

Where the fireflies turn midnight

Into noon.

JIM MIKOLEY lives and writes in Williamsville.