Clare’s mother mixes aloe vera and something else she can’t remember
refrigerates it in a plastic spray bottle
it feels so good on a summer California sunburn

There’s an aloe plant in the kitchen 
which no one has watered since anyone can remember
it lives surrounded by lemons and interesting pieces of ground

To fill a house with your own art
done in the medium of women beautiful and kind
they come in threes, board games, and dresses from the children’s section