It’s been a While…

storytime
on grandma’s lap,
caramel goodness
prevents jaws from functioning;
that moth-ball-smell
of her cardigan,
the rough fabric
scratching your cheek ~

what would you give
to be
that kid again;
the one who
looks at the world
with eyes, so big
and full of wonder?

a glimpse
triggers a smile…
and loving gestures
live on forever.

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The Toss

arms wrap and lift
the small, fidgeting body
out of clear blue water,
up high into the air

swimsuit checkered pink and green
big goggles dominate
a small, laughing face –
ears stick out at an odd angle,
tamed by goggles’ rubber band;
wet hair in disarray

joyous squeal pierces ears
and draws a smirk;
the girl, panting with anticipation
to the father’s loving smile

a toss
a SPLASH!
a fountain –
and goggles resurface,
coughing, laughing ~
awaiting another round.

… following dVerse‘s wonderful prompt once again

Looking for my Marbles

can you still hear
the soft clanking noise
that takes you back
to your childhood?
how can i
ever forget
how much
i loved these
as a child.
today,
i wonder
if i still
have them all –
i am sure
i lost a couple
over the years
and they got
replaced
with imposters.
i wish
i could
get them all back
for back then,
the world
was
A-ok.

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photo credits: farm1.static.flickr.com

Teddy Bear

how many nights
you kept
the monsters
at bay
with your fluffy paws
when i was
still little
and too scared to sleep

how many days
you spent
being dragged around
by an ear
or an arm
or carried in a heartfelt
choke-hold

loved fiercely,
washed scarcely,
for fear you could drown
in the washing machine

you gave me comfort,
i gave you a soul.

i will never forget
my first
true friend.