Squinting in the sun
your hand lifts to shield your pale blue eyes.
You smile, tentative at first, then stretches wide.
Freckles sprinkle across your upturned nose.
Your laugh: a silvery chime that speaks of endless summer days, picnics and popsicles.
At the garden spout
fat droplets tremble then plop
in a red bucket
It was the first time
and it wouldn’t be the last
look back and consider
Should I return your volley
pretend to be flattered
blush and smile
act out the age old dance
a white ring untouched by sun on your left hand
stick figure art and grocery lists trail from your case
breakfast eggs a tell-tale blot
on your well-pressed shirt
You scan the room as I look away
senses keen for tick of biological clocks raging pheromones
maybe if you find
another she will want to play