Friday, May 29, 2009

A word

I'm in the kitchen, putzing around, doing domestic duties.
The sun slants through the west window, heating up the small space as
I grin, thinking "I'm sweat" is what she would say.
The door knob clicks, the gate creaks and
I turn, our eyes meet.
I kneel down as my arms open.
No words are necessary,
for I know what she needs.
She stumbles forward,
I pick her up, and we stand
motionless.
Feeling each other's breaths,
the weight of her head on my shoulder,
her growing heaviness on my arms.
Her small voice croaks a single word
"Daddy."

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