How to be Young
1. Line your bed with every stuffed animal
until poly-cotton fluff
outweighs box springs.
Tuck each one in at night.
Make sure that none feel lonely.
2. Pair purple and orange tights
with neon green tutu,
Wonder Woman shirt,
and Batman cape.
Garnish with sun-and-moon
wizard hat. Take on the world.
3. Eat chocolate chip waffles topped with
Superman ice cream and sliced strawberries
for breakfast at Grandma’s. When Mom complains,
add bacon, ignore the sugar,
and show her how well everything fits
on the food pyramid
your teacher gave you.
4. Learn a new jump rope song each week—
Cinderella dressed in yella
went upstairs to kiss her fella.
Count the number of doctors it takes
to cure her snakebite
until the plastic beads of the rope
leave their own bite stinging on your ankles.
5. Ask for help with math,
and building your
block city with its maze-like
Thomas the Train tracks.
6. Ignore all of the rules
Rachel Geffrey is a Pittsburgh native studying Creative Writing, Psychology, and Gender Studies at Chatham University. She has been published in Cicada, Quail Bell Magazine, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Life in 10 Minutes, and The Minor Bird, and is still trying to decide what she wants to do when she grows up.