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Love from a Ruffled Face


“Who gave you those?”

My son’s chubby hands

grasped a line of paper dolls.

Laughter replaced tears.

“The lady with the ruffled face.”


Her squinted eyes met mine,

toothless smile with deep wrinkles.

Kindness meets innocence,

wisdom savors acceptance.


He didn’t yet know

hardness and sorrows.

He didn’t care about her past.

He only saw

An inviting smile on a ruffled face

and felt

a touchless embrace.


From her

he knew no fear.

From him

she felt no rejection.

Young and old—

no judgment.


Forever he would

remember

love from the lady with

the ruffled face

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