Childhood

Childhood

Blonde ringlets wrangled
by flower clips.
Blue eyes
brightened with curiosity.

Playground woodchips
-caught in curls.

A sun dress,
-ruffled.
Fingernails,
-dirtied.

Color-coordinated socks tucked
gently in shoes
abandoned
by the swings

Morning recess
plays out
on a jungle-gym stage

The boy
The girl
A dizzying crush-

Flushed cheeks complimented by giggles
Escaping like luminescent bubbles

The boy unpacks a stale donut
sprinkle-covered
chocolate

The girl unwraps a foil of celery
lined up
-precisely
filled up
with peanut butter
dotted by
raisins

He splits the donut
two pieces
the foil
folded
forgotten

Sprinkles
rainbow rain into their criss-crossed laps

The bell rings

Afternoon recess
Culminating in paper plane
paper cuts as

Friendships,
Form
Fumble
Devolve into dramatics
then mend
All by the final bell

Bandaids
for scrapped elbows
knobby knees

Boo-boo stamps
each concealing a tale
of a tree climbed
of a tag tagged
of a too-tired case of shoelace neglect

A dinner table set,
Vegetables, steaming
and sighing
milk, brimming
the glass
Stories
told in flourishes of arms and legs

Then-
Presented like a gift to the setting sun,

A fluffy slice of angel food cake
soaked in strawberries
Coating the
tomato-red
lips of childhood
in syrupy crumbs.

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