Sleepchild At first I forget almost everything about her but in the early morning in my sleep a thirteen-year-old girl with a name I can’t remember fights up through the floor to me, even now is burning a hole in the page, annoyed that I can’t really hear her since she won’t say it loud but she says she’s with child. Wants it away and I’m not sure she should, though I don’t want anyone saying no to her, either. I want a secret society to have her for a year, just not judge her, watch her through it either way and after, send her off to school. She seems so smart. Or if an undersea city could absorb her so she can be as watery as she wants, except far from the rush of sharks. And meanwhile something born or unborn in her will need a name but at least by then she will find a day to walk out from my dream. Not as some haunted woman who wants her own life, but first has to wait while I fish her back up from the dark. Laurinda Lind lives in New York’s North Country, close to Canada. Some of her writing is in Blue Earth Review, New American Writing, Paterson Literary Review, and Spillway; also in anthologies What I Hear When Not Listening: Best of The Poetry Shack & Fiction, Vol. I (Sonic Boom), and Civilization in Crisis (FootHills Publishing). She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee.