to capacity, past it, during the first lengthening nights
of more sleep, then more. More sleep,
more stretching, darker purple
Now they are my daughter’s favorite color. The kind of dog she wants.
The only crayon.
The color of her first sheet set
on a bed she still does not sleep in.
Oh lavender! Sleep aid, soothing
disinfectant, scent on fresh linens,
Mother of other herbs, salve for headaches, insect bites, and burns. Holy and sweet.
I petition you to fade.
Katie Kalisz is a Professor in the English department at Grand Rapids Community College, where she teaches composition and creative writing. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Loyola University of Chicago, and Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in Michigan with her husband and their three children. Her first book, Quiet Woman, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag.