What Will Become of Them?

A woman caught
the girl’s smile
when she held gardenia
for the first time.

At two o’clock,
the wind exhaled
as summer cooled
under the mango tree.

What will become of them—
a mother, a daughter.
Time seeping through their skins
until they are pulled back
to the starting place
where they wondered
what it feels like
to breathe.

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