Linguistics Lesson

In the dark in my bed
too late for a full night’s rest
my nine year old son
confessed quietly, brightly:

tomato and potato
have always confused me
but now I see their beginnings
are cousins
and their endings
are twins.

I woke up in the morning’s dark
knowing this is true for all
our beginnings and ends
and touched his sleeping head.

2012

One Response to “Linguistics Lesson”

  1. Just me says:

    I dreamed about this poem all night.
    All of us growing up.
    Becoming each other’s kin.
    And like Benjamin Button,
    Blinking out into the morning.

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