and the light

thunder in her ears

oh God oh God oh God

grass under her bare feet apples sweet-tart

maggie's laugh judith's peach fuzz silk baby powder sweet

dry warm daddy's hands

oh God oh God oh

wind on her face snowflakes ice

firefly wink summer and spring

oh singing water on her skin

chickens burbling feathers soft and smooth warm egg

carl oh carl blue eyed boy rick warm scratchy cheek

daryl bittersweet strong moonshine bite

crackle-flames-smoke sweet carol roses

stars so many stars maggie mama daddy

darkness darkness darkness

Finally, a pinpoint of light.

"Daddy?"

"I'm here, Bethy. Don't be scared, angel."

And the light chased the darkness away.

/1 Dec 2014