I remember the countless summers
I spent under your roof as a child
Running amuck, making merry
Chasing butterflies petite and capturing dragonflies wild.
I remember beginning the day with mangoes,
While cookies and jam marked its end
Then repeating it all over again
A new day, a new memory as bruises would repair and mend.
I remember one picture, a memory that’s perfect
Two little girls, giggling on either side
It’s an almost-hug, your tall frame hunches over ours
Your eyes are scrunched, your charming smile is wide.
I remember it all, but you’re at a faraway place all happy and fine
Leaving behind the treasure of love and images of a wrinkled smile
So I miss you and sit down to create a rhyme
And try to grasp words as a grin lights up this face of mine.