It takes less than one minute
to make a child’s day;
she’s only four but exploding
with excitement at everything
she sees, including my puzzle.
Although very difficult she’s too
curious not to be drawn in,
drawn over time and time again,
is quickly mesmerized by all
the blue pieces; some with snow,
some with shadow, some with just
trees, but all the same shade of blue.
Still she can’t pull herself away
so I invite her in, ask for her help,
high five her as she places a piece
incorrectly, but so close she can’t tell
and there it is… in less than a minute,
a life long friend,
a new little buddy to do puzzles with…
if I see her ever again.
Knowing the future, we search for
something she will be able to do,
and find a Bambi puzzle to fill her days instead,
long after I’m gone.