Painting by Richard Rensberry
May your heart sing like the mockingbird, lilting
bright as the monarch in the marigolds, red
as the blood of the Indian paintbrush
flourishing at the gate to the orchard, happy
as the pears and the yellow plum, purple
as the sunburnt peach.
May your feet dance like the wind
through our copse of maples, waltz
like the rain through roses and rhumba
up the walk to our back porch, shuffle
to the susurrus of crickets and cicadas
near the stair where floorboards creak.
May the screen door open wide with a smile,
a hug and an ice cold drink.
From the book HeartWood by Richard Rensberry
to be published by QuickTurtle Books® December 2015