Blue Buttons

I.
These pajamas
are just like the ones
I had when I was three—
permanent press cotton,
thin and cool—
perfect for those
summer nights
when it’s not
quite hot enough
to turn on the AC,
so you open all the windows
and maybe have
an oscillating fan going
to help the air circulate…

II.
These buttons are white
but they’re just like
the little blue buttons
I had on my pajamas
when I was three.
The material was cotton—
thin and cool—
it was yellow
with buttons,
round and flat—
they were light blue
like the blanket
I used to carry around…

III.
My clumsy fingers fumbled
as I unbuttoned my blue
and slipped out of my yellow;
left standing there
in my underwear
(the ones with the blue flowers)

then I was on the couch
and he was on top of me
and I couldn’t breathe
but it would be over soon
and I could go to bed
locked up safe in my room
and everything would be okay…

IV.
Afterwards,
my fingers fumbled
with my blue buttons
as I went upstairs
on rubberband legs,
hoping
I wouldn’t fall…

Blue Buttons

Crockpot

Joined November 2007

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Artist's Description

Reflection on loss of innocence.

©1995

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