by Richard L. Provencher

To Melanie

A little finger reaches out
its life-force
gentle to the touch
try me on for size,
I'm little & like
being loved.

You are the parents I long for
I am the child of
your dreams.

And in the hills beyond, dark
quietly recess into the
far corners
of the world

a new call crosses with the wind
a bugle sounds
the arrival
of a kind smile upon the face of
summers to come.

Richard L. Provencher 1986

first published 1986 Green Valley Publishing
The North American Poetry Review
Albia, IA, USA

Richard enjoys writing poems; many of which have been published in Print and Online. He and his wife, Esther are also co-authors of stories and a print novel. They are "born again" Christians and very busy in their church, Abundant Life Victory International, in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.

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