I want the walls of our house
to make us feel like royals.
Dinner table full,
feasting on a Friday night.
I want our fridge to be covered
with our travel stories,
letter magnets to spell I love you.
I want the plants in every room
to keep us grounded,
fireplace to smell like home.
I want our family picture traced
in crayon with a sun in the corner,
pencil drawn marks on the door frame.
I want to sit on the front porch
with you, planning our flight to a foreign land.
You and me sippin’ on afternoon coffee,
waving the new neighbors hello.
Thaina Joyce (she/her) is a multiracial, Brazilian-American poet based in Maryland. She aims to create work that empowers, connects the human experience, and evokes new perspectives. Thaina has a poem forthcoming in the Spring edition of Sledgehammer Literary Review. Instagram: @thainawrites; Twitter: @teedistrict.