Stick Figures

First published in Frogpond 44:2, Spring/Summer 2021, page 81. Originally written mostly in April of 2020.

      by Julie Schwerin and Michael Dylan Welch

winter morning
thirty-six Play-Doh
snowmen                                                                          Julie

        home isolation
        I tell the kids I’m bored                                          Michael

finding my flashlight app
a tunnel between
their blanket fort and mine                                          Julie

record cold—
the bulb burns out
in the Easy-Bake Oven                                                   Michael

        binging all six seasons
        of Master Chef Junior                                            Julie

spring evening—
the fridge magnet holds
our stick-figure family                                                    Michael