It’s Saturday and we sit on the floor
piecing together LEGO® houses and flying cars
and my five-year-old asks what’s going to happen
after he dies. An old white man with a beard
emerges from the clouds of my imagination
with a few harps and our missing dog.
Eyes search my face for the safety of words.
It’s Sunday and he’s eleven. We sit at the kitchen table
finishing homework and he’s instructed
to use a hyphen or parentheses in a sentence
while describing what he hopes to be true
in what he knows of religion. He begins with admitting
to no belief, and in parentheses (but I hope
there’s an afterlife) states it is his preference over darkness.