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I watch you through the screen door;
outside in your own little world,
no bigger than a sand box, no smaller
than the ladybug perched on your head of golden curls.
Sun-burnt nose crinkles up in deep thought
as you fill your pail with granules of make-believe
cake mix for the afternoon tea party.
Pixie-like laughter penetrates the summer air
as you amuse yourself among the party guests
whose vinyl bodies and stringy hair have seen better days.
No doubt, after a while, you'll ask for help in
putting an arm or leg back into its rightful socket.
Soon I will be summoned to the garden hose
to refill the teapot.
What joy these afternoons bring you!
A pouting mouth appears when I call you in for supper,
but you are promised another
doll picnic tomorrow and that heart-melting
toothless grin returns.
Happy and content at bedtime, you say your prayers.
I tuck you in and when I turn out the light,
glance over my shoulder as your eyelids
close to a slumber filled with magical dreams.
"Don't grow up too fast", I whisper...
And blow a kiss to my little sandbox princess.
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About Terry Fitterer
Terry is a long-standing poet and writer from Minnesota, USA. Her work is published in humor columns in newspapers, periodicals, children's magazines and humorous murder poems for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
Terry has also been a winner of The World Wide Poetry Contest. Poems for children come easy for her as she says "I am still a kid at heart!"
Here's a list of just some of Terry's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
A Kids Halloween Ditty
A Seashore Once More
A Shadow Of A Doubt
Beneath The Cushions
But I Wanted Rollerblades
Meat Your Maker
My Aunt Sophie
No More Amour
The Disappering Tooth
The Story Of Scrooge
The Wish List
Tomatoes Are For Kids
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