• Dorisa Smith Silva

Playing in the Dirt

Playing in the Dirt

Young boy in white tee and red shorts

plays in the dirt.

He finds seeds of uncertainty;

they stain his shirt.

He bathes them with tears

as they glide

into a Coke bottle

like whispering raindrops.

His mother pours this liquid—

feeds the soil

with his confusion

and thinks not

of pure cries,

but of the stain.

—Dorsía Smith Silva


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