sweet and seriously iced

the pan full of sweet and seriously iced
cinnamon rolls that jen brings to the meeting
which i have to put in italics
because no part of being monologued at
for an hour and fifteen minutes
resembles any kind of meeting i’ve been to
in years
_______
suck it up
lauren the six year old

on her small bike (off her small bike)
at the bottom of the gravel hill says
after getting up, her calves gravel-dusted,
her knees scraped
suck it up she says that’s what my dad tells me to do
and so she does