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By Cynthia Arrieu-King

I was hanging with grandparents in a kindergarten


and the teacher drew an accordion wall across


to keep the children in antigravity class together


the grandparents separately graded balloon worksheets


sunlight floated in, the grandparents thoughtful about addition, mulling vacation


Come here I said to the little one too little to be in class, soft as peaches


I want to tell you something and you repeat it back to me next time


She toddled over, put her arms up to hug me, we hugged


She had stars inside her soul, was visibly celestial beneath her coat


More human than human, got it? I cuddled her


Okay, she said, I’m more human than a human


Source: Poetry (December 2017)

  • Activities
  • Living
  • Religion

Poet Bio

Cynthia Arrieu-King
Cynthia Arrieu-King was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and earned her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. A former Kundiman Fellow, Arrieu-King is an assistant professor at Stockton University and has been a featured poet at the Dodge Poetry Festival. 

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