The heavy wooden pier stretches out from under my feet,
The mixture of salt and candy is sharp and sickly sweet
A whipping wind that flips my hair, it lands across my face,
I lose sight of you for a second, my heart begins to race.
Your chubby cheeks are smothered with sugar and a smile so pure,
Your hand held out for Mother to take, to soothe and reassure.
I scoop you up to hold you close and plant kisses on your head,
Your infectious laughter erupts with ease to a smile so easily spread.
We snuggle up close as the rain begins to fall
A blanket beneath the boardwalk, the warmth shared under my shawl,
I shall keep you safe for always and will never leave your side,
The life we dream is almost in reach, and no longer must we hide.
The storm starts to clear as quickly as it began
A rainbow now resides where the dark clouds held their dam.
A deep breath and a smile is all I need to go on,
We have to keep on moving my child until our fears are gone.
by Kate Hames