Things I Did For You
You said you loved music, so I spent my money on CDs, stole my dad’s guitar and brought up Pure Prairie League every chance I got. I scribbled lyrics on my fingers, and concert dates on my mirror.
You said you loved America, so I hummed the National Anthem, wrapped my hair in a striped bandana and learned to see my backyard as a privilege. I told people I was Republican, and refused to get on a plane.
You said you loved art, so I practiced gasping at Monet, considered getting a tattoo, and kept a sketchbook in my purse. I learned when to say “Impressionism, ” and filled my vase ...