"The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing." — Kin Hubbard
Photo Credit: 360mm Photography (Jenn was our photographer)
Sunflowers surround her
All their yellow faces looking up at the sun
She traces her finger along the silky petals
Towards the fuzzy centre
Her finger lingers there as she
Remembers her youth for a split second
Embraces the feeling of carelessness and freedom
But as quickly as the moment comes
It begins to fade
She closes her eyes
Feels the sun on her eyelids
And can still see the orange hues dancing
Behind the veil of her lashes
She breathes in a long, deep breath
Smelling the crisp air
Bringing back more memories of her youth
The distinct smell of a new day
And all its possibilities for play
For happiness and sunshine
For friendship and laughter
This is what the sunflower represents for her
On her wedding day, her bouquet was a cluster
Of large yellow sunflowers
She held it in her hands, holding onto her dreams
Of happiness and of new beginnings
Grasping onto the little girl within her, who is
Giggling and carefree in her field of silky yellow petals
Staring up at the sky, hoping to be bathed in the affection of the sun
Her hand drops down to the stem now
And in an instant she’s back in the present
The moment has passed
The sunflowers so still and tall
Make her feel small and fill her with longing
For carelessness and freedom
And effortless, fleeting moments
Of true, undiluted happiness
©Cristina Cole – All rights reserved.
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