New Poem Tonight: “Light in the Field”

LIGHT IN THE FIELD

You can see our
mutual cornflower locks

across the field. When she ran
before I could braid it,

I look to you
as you watch

our daughter’s hair
fly high, & I’m relieved

you can see it: her hair
turning wide like a sail

against the great blue sky,
the green hill dotted

with flowers &
strawberry clusters. As she moves

along, she runs
carelessly

& touches anything
with her small hands, her strands

an extension
of the twining field, I try

to let go of feelings
of missed opportunities,

too little time writing
at the table. I hold

my breath as I focus
on this moment:

how her manners and love floor me—
how they flash in the light—

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