hey cal, I  say

what, she replies

do you know what, cal


I’m moving, cal



says cal

I’m moving, cal

I say.


cal says what again

but i think she knows what I said

cal runs away


and the next day she acts like it’s not true

like I lied to her


and when we have a playdate

she sits on the edge of my loft

and cries.


I know

she knows


my mom told me, cal says

is it true?


yes, I say.

I’m sorry, cal.


all my stress is rising now. my heart is pumping in my ears,

says cal.


I didn’t have an answer.

my stress is swirling around like glitter in a jar,

says cal.


well, then, I say.

stop shaking the jar.

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