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.


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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