Standing Guard

Balancing two children  
In a parking lot of  
unfamiliar territory. 
My cousins’ parents inside an urgent care;  
For stomach problems and  
A cut head. 

Many people passed by, 
Not giving us a second glance. 
Maternal overdrive 
Parked with a station wagon.  
I had never wanted to die  
For anyone before. 

Auburn wasn’t asleep for long  
before I ascended out the car  
to hold her. 
Ivory watched PJ Mask on my 
near dead phone,  
I prayed for the first time in a while. 

It was still light out when they returned. 
Aunt and Uncle  
let me drive the white jeep, 
and gave me a white credit card  
to pay for gas; 
as if I were some sort of knight.   

Did Lancelot ever cry? 

I did the on the drive home. 

Amanda May is a senior at Lindenwood University. She is majoring in English Literature with an Emphasis in Creative Writing and minoring in Journalism. When she isn’t writing, she can probably be found screaming or crying (or both) about Star Wars, anime, or Florence + The Machine. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @Amandalorian451

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