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As I raise her bleach-blonde locks,
thin and soft as silk,
into little fountains out the sides of her head,
realization sags my shoulders;
soon she won’t need me.

I am the one who chases her around the backyard,
sprinting in slow motion
as her bell-ringing laugh echoes,
little legs tripping over un-tied shoes.

I am the hero who saves Barry,
her one-eyed, ketchup-stained teddy bear,
when Nick snatches him from her weak arms,
his jealousy engrossed in a game of “keep away.”

I am the lap on which she drifts into slumber,
as we watch The Little Mermaid
while popcorn grows stale in the bowl beside me.

But eventually we all have to grow up.

Jimmy Choos and Chanel bags
blue eye shadow and silver hoops
flower fragrant perfume and strawberry lotions.

Barbies will dust in a box behind the stairs
nail polish will replace her tea set
a cell phone glued to her hand.

I smile into her innocent blue eyes,
biting into the sweet Honey Crisp
that we decided to share.
Time will only continue.

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I.

Drifting in a boat in Minnesota
the lake line buries under a thread of light.
Squinting through pines
it spans the fragile morning,
tips of waves like stars.

II.

Light lifts like an infant from a crib
as we tread through open air
ripples blooming behind the boat.
Loons trill secrets through silence
their shadows casting a spotlight.

III.

It is peaceful to silence the motor
and gaze into light’s eye
the lake steady as a paintbrush
till the first bite drags the bobber to its depths.

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