i have seen you
building castles
in the sand then
gleefully knocking
them down.

i have seen you
screaming at
the sudden freeze
of ice-cream toppling
from its perch.

i have seen you
sobbing when
a beloved has
been hurt

i can never escape
the light that
radiates from
you slicing
through my

i cannot run
fast enough to
be separated from
the brilliance that
reflects off of
your joy.

you are always there.









Poem: © 2009 Terri Stewart

Photo:  Christine Valters Paintner,

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