A reluctant wedding reception guest
coming because she had to
Elise sat by a corner table

If she were standing by you she would be
Five feet
just

But standing is not something she does
relegated to a chair since she was 6-
since the accident

Another awkward social event
if not for James, her younger cousin
coming to her rescue
fueled with the open bar

Pulling her onto the dance floor,
spinning her in circles and finally
lifting her up onto their shoulders

Elise fell asleep on the way home
princess dreams in the back of a van

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for The Debutante-by request

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