You have grown so suddenly,
Into the shoes that even I don't
Fit into, and your smile is
Sometimes so adult. As if you've
Taken on an entirely new appearance,
At least twenty more years, and
So much wisdom. Was I not watching?
You can manage a household
And balance your homework, your friends'
Homework, between your fingers
And in truth, you're still just twelve.
Sometimes, I forget.
And then, you came through
The door, your little frame shaking
Out of your tight-lipped expression.
And I almost asked you what to do.