Unfolding Miss July

      by Jeanne Emrich and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Frogpond 23:3, Fall 2000, page 55. Written June to November 1999.



rainy afternoon . . .

in the dollhouse bedroom

dad’s old cigar box                                                           Jeanne


       thimbles on her fingers

       the toddler plays piano                                          Michael


in the closet

with flashlights . . .

unfolding Miss July                                                          Jeanne


first day of school—

cardboard in the spokes

held by a clothespin                                                        Michael


       two soup cans and a wire—

       the beat of your heart                                            Jeanne


dressing up

in mother’s old evening gown—

uneven nerf balls                                                             Michael