Shaded - Poem by gina prettybrowneyes
Summer photos recall smoothies and wrestling games:
July bodies all
In shades of Welsh's caramels, blurring together from sun ray kisses,
Beach tans contrasting the pure white in our eyes
Echoing Hershey sea pupils.
Four pairs of glasses, two women, one man, one man-child, two boys:
Sweaty foreheads in sun-streaming window
Peering from orange kitchen
Lit by six birthday candles.
Winter photos mark the arrival of the Alaskan brother;
He and Mom wear iced hazelnut coffee, a dash of milk
The man-child and older boy
Stains of chamomile tea dried overnight on white tablecloth
Youngest, Dad, and I glow like cream frosting on the gingerbread house.
Two sets of dreds: one set real, the other set felt strips on youngest's snow hat
Three boys: two in body, one in spirit
Hungry grinning cheeks,
glistening with dried tomato oil.
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