We began our late winter do-over
with a dirty ceramic bowl
during a too-much snowstorm.
obviously that’s not where this rebirth story begins
but neither is a cream-colored
where this story ends.
I look at Matilda’s mac and cheese bowl
from the RaggedyAnn frosty night before
while an early morning April Fool’s snow blanket
and really too wetly
outside our kitchen windows.
I wash his late night
and lunch-time dishes all the time,
with grateful precision.
Not all the time,
yet he washes his dishes
without touching Matilda’s or mine.
Why would our Cooperative WinWin Gamer
not see how inappropriately WinLose
Never mind about disrespectful
and possibly selfish.
How does this lack of awareness
a more or less functional
resilient cooperative health service unit?
What does this mean
and what is his message
of round crusty artifact?
I do his dishes
because I”m washing dirty dishes
so I don’t have to look at them,
or smell them,
and so they don’t attract pests
when they are not well rinsed
by RaggedyAnn frosty nubian princesses.
Is this because I am a responsible adult
and a parent of hurt children?
And he is not?
And, if so,
then why would our WinWin Gamer
assume it’s OK
to not act like a responsible young adult
and Cooperative Gaming Sibling?
both teacher and regenerational student
of healthy resilient life-skills.
Is this message ageist,
Downsides of Peter Panism,
without strong ecocentrically mature roots,
So I asked him
about why leaving dirty bowls is OK
regardless of who started it.
And we talked cooperatively WinWin
about why they aren’t so great for me,
and possibly us.
That helped us
both to see ourselves
and each other
in some ways
newborn clean bowl differently.
It was about then
this magical early spring snowstorm
faded toward partly sunny