By the Lake

beside water’s lap she bows her head
alone with herself and her dreams

suspended in an afternoon
hazy summer sun
sighing in harmony
with her melancholy and
a questioning duck
she paints her nails
with the satisfied certainty
that he will find her there, and thus –
taken with the storybook picture
woven of solitude, devotion, and glitter –
begin her happily ever after

after all, she is twelve

photo credit: Flikkersteph -5,000,000 views ,thank you! L’étang de l’Orangerie dans sa splendeur via photopin (license)

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