Flat belly and training bra

she arrives for the summer

at her father’s house (and mine).

Grey shoes, first heels, match

new clothes.

Hands on hips, she poses

for Dad’s approval.

Two hours later she has taken over.

Rock group posters tacked

to her bedroom walls.

My study lamp taken,

she announces she MUST

have a radio of her own.

I recall my timid entrances

and, hating her, wonder

where she learned

it is all right to demand.

Levin has retired from careers as biology professor and as a psychotherapist. She lives in Princeton with her husband.

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