am I your inner child?
do you care for me
as a way of caring for yourself?
sometimes my inner child is my future baby
and I care for myself
so that one day
I may care for her
better to raise her imperfectly
than to watch from above
maybe if you keep caring for me
you can get me to that place of safety
away from the place of cold and shadows
on some days
my inner child is the plant I’ve had for nine years
and on some days
watering that plant is enough