September 22, 2008
For Kevin and Bobbi

An internal struggle

You can do it

No you can’t
I stare at the page
Willing the letters
To arrange themselves

Into words

Lightbulb flash
In my five-year-old brain

Bears . . . camp . . .
Brother . . . bus
My eyes pop wide

“Out loud,”
my mom urges

I open my mouth.
Close it.
Open. Read.
The words flow
Like water
Like rain

I did it!
I can!
Pride bubble up
I feel like flying
I reached
That long awaited goal
I can read!

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