Samantha, 7 weeks

fuzzy honeyblonde hair, blonde
eyebrows, faint
nipples, neat navel,
fat bare labia
chubby bent legs
tiny toenails, unused
knees, soft
buttocks, downy
hair in the small of the back
wriggling arms, waving fists, double chin, round pink cheeks
and eyes…
sometimes wild with pain or glazed with hunger, animal eyes
sometimes soft with satisfaction or bright with inner laughter, gentle hello eyes
older than earth,
older than pure slow life, older than age,
older than beauty, and older and wiser than me.

(First published in An Endless Afternoon)