Poem: Koi Pond

Wonder gleams in your eyes

as sunlight breaks the pond’s surface.

I wonder at your reckless joy,

the way you tumble with cartwheeling legs

for refuge in our arms.

Handfuls of small, sand-colored pebbles

Scatter the water until–


You shriek and leap with every splash,

pointing at tangerine streaks of life

and bubbles that breach riverbanks.

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