These are the things we are trained against:
guessing aloud the age of any made-up woman;
asking how many place-holding zeroes
a man needs to number his wealth;
the inquiry upon noticing the baby’s
crooked nose, “who’s the daddy?”;
throwing out the first pitch from the stands;
answering truthfully the question,
“who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?”;
raising a hand in church to ask the priest
anything, especially if the anything touches on
politics, sex, religion, or God;
witholding your vote as a vote against
scoundrels, liars, thieves, or murderers;
Loving your enemy, kissing him,
embracing the possibility of violence
against the muchness of your silos.

These things we are trained against,
but none quite so much as this:
Saying, repeating, believing
three small words.

I am enough.


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