When We Were Young

Kite limp at our feet,
we lay in the long cool grass
and listened to trees breathe.

A caterpillar, a ladybug,
wriggled up over scraped knuckles
or tickled smudged fingertips.

A butterfly flickered past
and even without a breeze,
it was enough, enough.

~ Susan Ioannou

Susan Ioannou is a Canadian essayist, children’s writer, and poet, and author of the writer’s guide A Magical Clockwork: The Art of Writing the Poem. Her most recent collection Looking Through Stone: Poems about the Earth blends science and imagination to celebrate geology, metals, minerals, and mining history (see www3.sympatico.ca/susanio/feature.html).

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