Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nature Girl

Nature Girl

for Caroline Grace, June 2008, Age 5

Arms swinging, down by the creek,
muddy flip-flops flapping,
ponytail unraveling, she's
lifting stones,
shallow splashing,
rock hopping, eyes shining.

Palmfuls of treasure mount--
a feather, a broken tile,
a crayfish claw, a freshwater shell,
dragonfly wings, tiny pebbles;
a bleeding heart she packages
in a folded maple leaf.

Tale telling and honeysuckle smelling
down by the creek
where it seems
trees rise higher,
green is brighter,
and the air around her vibrates
with joy.

Copyright 2010, Elizabeth May

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