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You laugh
That repulsed
Mirrors crack and
Cameras break,
But real people
Shatter,
Stop,
And take
Light from
Happy moments,
Slice,
Redecorate,
And glue
Them between pages
In their
Scrap
Books.

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summertime smiles,

like warm rain,

sometimes

make you feel like

the sun

itself


Orthodontist’s molds
Of my straightened teeth
And x-rays from before,
School picture days
And Christmas parades
And happy masks in the store.
Silly crocodiles,
Colons and parentheses,
Stars and a waning moon.
The front of cars,
Barbie and her friends,
The promise of seeing you soon.


Cover the mind’s

Cracked concrete slab

With laughter streaks of

Sidewalk chalk.

Fill the silence

With shuffles of

Hopscotch feet,

And when you

Start to rain inside,

Let the colors

Wash away.

But clutch the

Chipped chalk nub

So you can

Create again.


You are
The warm puddle water that
Splashed
Over the top
Of my rainy day boots,
Slip-dripping down,
Penetrating my socks
Until their sogginess
Giggly-squished
With each step.