girl skips, and jumps,
turns hand-springs on the playground,
her school day done.
Now a busy
strides late from his car
to his Friday volleyball.
a daughter of years ago--
except she's not that busy being happy--
she knows just what to do.
other day he walked
holding his grandson by the hand.
A young woman smiled at him.
as he goes by
if there'll be enough friends for a game.
He hears a car door slam
Glancing back going into the gym
he sees her in the car looking at him.
2River View, 3_2 (Winter 1999)