“Memo From Neverland” by Ada Hoffmann

Lost boys take finding; take watching;
take hauling their weight from the snickering surf
when the pixie dust runs out too soon.
I built this place one tree-house plank at a time.
The vines you bat aside, the sword-storm of pirates
and flight through stars: that’s all by design,
love. That’s the cleverness of me.

I fell out of my crib with nothing.
Now the mermaids and tigers are mine-

And you say I never grew up?

Ada Hoffmann’s poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, and Mythic Delirium. You can find her online at www.ada-hoffmann.com or on Twitter at @xasymptote.
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