they laugh without worry —
dinner will be on the table when they get home.
their eyes glimmer easily —
their leotards will be washed for next class.
they embrace passionately —
they’ll see each other at school tomorrow.
the marley is their friend, not their lover.
the barre is their sidekick, not their therapist.
the music their acquaintance, not their grandmother.
flex and pointe, bend and stretch.