The Concept of Time
by John Tustin

Rinsing out my daughter’s paintbrush
    in the bathroom sink
just now
    and she’s pulling
on my pantleg
    because she wants the picture
she believes she worked
    so hard to create
in her hands
    to show mommy
not understanding the concept
    that time
makes it dry

    and that
not touching what you want
    to touch
when you want
    to touch it
is sometimes
if you want that something
    to last
beyond the moment
    you first
wanted it.

John Tustin’s poetry is forthcoming in Primalzine, Lyrotica, pawpaw, and others. Visit his website.

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