2022-12-01T13:50:25-08:00January 15th, 2013|Parenthood|

The lady who stayed up all night scattering mints

Woke up to snow
which didn’t trigger thoughts
of how pretty or cold
but an urgency to see it
with the scrubbed eyes of a child
who’s never seen snow at all.

Does he think the stars dropped
from the sky
smashing on the grass
in a million sparkly pieces?

Or that the streets
hatched a bed of flowers,
thick and white?

Or maybe a nice lady
stayed up all night
scattering mints
on lawn chairs and twigs?

My son didn’t ask
if the snow stole colour for good
or how it stacks
like a circus trick
three inches high on a leaf.

He just asked for his boots
and walked outside,
looking backwards the whole time,
giggling at the footsteps
he left behind.

Go to Top