Alyssa

 

If, as my science-teacher friend insists,
the only constant is change, then Alyssa
is constant, though difficult as non-sequiturs
to follow. Peter Pan uses bad form to defeat
Captain Hook, the anti-Christ who, like Christ,
survives his death to sail Never again.
Dare I compare? Summer is dandelions;
and she, the fluff that finds its way into
my hair, the gold that gilds and butters my fingers
before I take on the day. Like the sun, her sheer
energy betrays me. I cannot live without it.