Tonight we’re going to scream the secret word
and flinch at the pinch of a parakeet’s feet.
We’re going to sacrifice the ducky for the sax
and steal your brother’s toys while he’s at school.
We’ll count these photographs as prompts
to help maintain the few memories I have left
but until then let’s chase the chocolate cake
you’ve been spiriting around the room
and keep you alive by never letting it land.