I used to cut my hair and hide it behind the dollhouse. I used to hate when it got past my shoulders. I don’t quite remember what I did with the hair but I assume that I let it collect back there in globs. The way I find dust bunnies under my dresser now. When there was an opening, tuck it in my shirt, run to trash can. I was a surreptitious child. I am sure I mostly tried to sweep it under the dollhouse as if it would disappear into the carpet. Hoped my mother wouldn’t dust. That’s how I hid everything back then. With a wink. And scissors. A smile. A wish. Staring at lights on my closet door. I don’t remember my mother ever finding out so I wasn’t terrible at it either.
“I have never let my hair grow past my shoulders,” I say out loud. “Some say that’s the weirdest thing about me.”
He looks at his hands.
“Remember only one sentence has to be a lie to discount the whole thing.”
And try not to laugh
and try not to give
a single thing