Quickly’s Winter Doldrums
“You get no extra points for using everything, but anything here is fair game.” essential watch green ear kind knife couple clip slide peek
I watch you as you play
serving tea to your dolls
a rhinestone clip holding
fine blond hair behind
your sweet seashell ear.
The untethered side slides,
cover’s your right eye
and you peek through to
preside over this midmorning affair.
Grandma’s old tablecloth is a bright
splash of color against the green lawn.
You look up, the sun dances with fire
and ice from the rhinestones.
You say, “Nana, come play with me. So I do.
“How kind of you to join us, Mrs. Swanson.”
“How kind of you to invite me,” I reply.
Then we clink teacups and giggle our delight
in this essential summer moment captured
in our memories for cold winter nights.