Smiles in Stripes of Pink

Cotton candy, cloud-soft,
melts against the tongue,
disappearing,
as a swirl of laughter begins
somewhere within the heart
bubbles against the rib cage
until sides threaten to split
in half.  First day at the fair
for Sally, with her grandma
who had almost forgotten
how laughter sounds
and how it feels,
all sticky,
like the best glue
for holding hearts in place.

c Copyright, 2012, Freeda Baker Nichols

6 comments on “Smiles in Stripes of Pink

  1. I can taste it now!

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  2. Cotton candy is so evocative. The other day I just smelled it and a flood of memories came back. Love your new blog header picture!

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  3. Pitty Patter.blogspot.com/ pittypatter.blogspot.com says:

    Love the picture you paint.

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