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They giggle, surreptitiously, as I pass. I turn my head. The giggling ceases. How could they possibly know... that I love each nameless one of them? lmr

 

There is a touch of magic

within their limbs. They are a young,

impromptu dance of naturalistic

animation: all swinging hips and fluid wrists

all rolling eyes and wise-tongues clicking.

 

They giggle, surreptitiously, as I pass. I turn

my head. The giggling

ceases.

How could they possibly know...

that I love

each nameless one of them?

And I will forgive them

their silliness

because they are of an age

when giggling at strangers comes

as easily as breathing.

 

Although we've never met...

These are my sisters. They are

a rainbow clique of

loveliness. They

range in a host of beautiful

shades from deep espresso to

cafe au lait...

and they smile like

a thousand glades of

Egyptian sun.

 

Although we've never meet...

These are my sisters,

perhaps, they are even my daughters.

They are loud and lively. They stun

and stupefy. They are daringly

defiant and dangerously direct...

 

And, if they chose to, they could

read me,

simplified, never

pausing their conversation,

never losing their stride... and

all while, snapping

on sticks of

Juicy Fruit gum.

 

And so, temporarily... I

walked beside their rhythm,

as I blew invisible kisses

and said a silent prayer for them.

 

There is a spark of magic

inside their limbs. These are the young,

nubile daughters of the 90s and 2000s...

They are an impromptu dance;

a wonder of naturalistic

animation: all swinging hips, and fluid wrists

all rolling eyes, and tongues a-clicking.

 

They boldly flit along city streets,

like a flock of brazen peacocks...

or perhaps a hot gang of exotic

butterflies.

How could they ever know? I

 

write poems

not for fortune or fame...

 

but in silent praise of them.

 

 

 

 

copyright © 2017 by L.M. Ross

 

 

 

 

 

 

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