How to cultivate wound-deep knowing
with only these scrawny trees around.
Even on the first really warm day
strangers at the park remain closed-
faced, squared off. The wrong kind
of wounding. One girl, though,
blond, Hasidic, alone in middle childhood
surreptitiously follows you around
the playground. Testing out
knowing. Going the wrong way down
the slide, twisting into a circle to get
her shoe back on. Soul pate, is what
you think. Whole-souled human,
kenning what she can.