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Looking back at her


by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

At dawn she stands up in a princess’s room
takes three first steps 
to speak a nursery rhyme, then
dreams of loving grandparents who are
looking back at her.

She sings and dances for applause.
Her curvy sketches in water colors are magnetized,
vibrantly reflecting her determination
and fearlessness
and whimsy.

She reads textbooks and novels and plays,
woven from a complex and mysterious cloth.
They unravel in her mind
as she discovers the cunning criminal.
She shudders at what real people do in the streets,
hoping that shadowy figures are not
looking back at her.

At high noon her royalty emerges.
Drama queen, beauty queen, queen bee,
prom queen, queen of diamonds and gambling games,
queen of clubs and ballet and prancing,
and queen of hearts.
Sovereign of joy.

She hikes through the forests
and discovers the valor of horsemen.
She strolls along the sea shore
and mountain men tell her tales of their strength.
Hastening away, she glances over her shoulder 
and catches a glimpse of the stalwart brutes 
looking back at her.

With wanderlust she packs up and flies away
to marvel at Earths treasures:
the great Barrier Reef,
a California sunset,
snow-capped mountains in New Mexico,
equinox at Stonehenge,
and the mighty Sphynx.

A gentle wind whispers in her ear to say
that the most valuable of all her quests, 
the one in which she must rejoice,
is in the mirror
looking back at her.

Copyright © 1960-2016 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved

Author: SpindoctorUSA

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2 thoughts on “Looking back at her

  1. I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!


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