[Boys Will Be]


There must be some mistake


There must be some mistake there


Must be


Some mistakes too big to tell


Like


All boys are interchangeable


I tell my daughter in my head when she’s older


I’ll lean my heel heavy on the banister and tell her


All boys are foreign objects


All boys are moving parts


I’ll tell her


In a letter


All boys are broken bows


All boys are fletched with dirty snow


I’ll tell her


In a painted feather


All boys


I’ll tell her


Unbuckled belts


I’ll tell her


Never switch the sheets


I’ll tell her


I’ll comb her


Hair


I’ll tell her


I swear


How all boys are


I’ll tell her then


When she’s older


Then she’ll say


She already knows

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