Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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  © Melanie Faith, 2013

Charlie: Settling In, Part Two

Mom said,
“You’ll like it here. There are other boys.”
Dan and Dave

who told me the bottom bunk was mine,
who told me there was a big back yard,
a creek out back, they’d show me

if I wanted.
I saw my blue blanket from Gran’s was here.
Mom squeezed my hand.

They were not my brothers.
Soon, though, we’d give Dutch rubs and bruises,
play fort and rescue the lady.

We settled in. First I hid my toy soldier
so the big boys couldn’t ask

about him.

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