One Little Heart
One little heart
graced with purity.
Yellow hair and happy eyes
and all the dreams of a child’s mind
like the shape of a butterfly in the drain,
or elephants in mushroom soup.
One little girl
dancing to sunshine
making eccentric faces
and laughing outloud.
One little child
painting pictures with her hands,
crying hard for babyhood
and spilling her fears on the ground.
One little heart
unknowing of all the gifts she gives,
of how much love she allows to live
and change this place called home.
Copyright © 2004 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “Chicago Record Magazine”, July 2017
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