Shaggy strands of sun drenched hair

feather down to tickle downy brows.

Peace Lily petal white and water-winged

arms outstretch to anticipated fingers.

Round belly, still innocence-distended,

tucks into the crinkled waistband

of scratchy, yellow swim shorts.

Blinks of legs peek beneath the hems,

taper in a gentle hurry to be anchored

by yet novice ankles. Archless feet

pulse with wiggles from plump little toes

peering out in trust, just

beyond the concrete ledge.