Translation

幼稚園 a red backpack bigger than you   一年生 gap-toothed smile and mismatched socks   二年生 an uncaged bird on wheels, not wings   三級 knowing the ropes brother in tow   四年生 torn shirt and wounded heart   五年生 solid as a tree with deep roots  

In absentia

When you’re gone my shoelaces come undone I drop my keys the kettle boils over When you’re gone the silk of my shirt drags over the sore places like the memory of teeth