My son learned how to use knives
in cub scouts carving soap.
One day he borrowed a bar
of Ivory and whittled
away while whistling
(because he knew how
& his older siblings did not).
When his work was complete, he
walked up to me and showed me
what looked like a figure eight, his smile
wider than mine. It could have been
a cloud, a snowman or white polar bear
an off-color peanut or wavy gray hair.
Maybe a slip knot or the obvious—
his age. I love it, I said, explain it to me.
Can’t you see, Mommy, it’s infinity
our love for one another
that will never die
like Grandma did.
Laurie Kolp, author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello, It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, upcoming) serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and belongs to the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in more than four dozen publications including the 2015 Poet’s Market, The Crafty Poet, Scissors & Spackle, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain. An avid runner and lover of nature, Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children and two dogs.