Steps to Freedom

On the stairs next to the yellow kitchen
I concentrate on laces that will intertwine
as soon as I learn how to move my hands

I watch my mother
pinch the laces between her fingers
loop one over the other
pull the ends tight into an X
hold pressure on the tops of my feet

make one bunny ear
then another
wrap them around
hug them in tight to each other
pull them into a bow

As soon as I learn
I won’t have to wait
to run outside to play
in the green grass

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Elizabeth Marrero is a short story and children’s book writer. Her writing has been published in school literary journals. Her photographs have been published in many magazines and in an anatomy textbook. She has been an editor for the Rockvale Review and a fellowship reader for the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. She currently focuses on short story and children’s book writing, acrylic pour art, and photography.

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