Miniature Child


At four years old she looks like a doll

with long limbs, thick beautiful hair.

A tiny face for a smile that grows

and grows, though her body stays

small as a baby.  Her feet slipping

in and out of their sockets, her hips

invisible, her hands reaching

for her grandmother’s face.

Of course she understands love

better than doctors, her eyes

searching for her grandma’s kisses,

the faith that keeps her growing inside.

by Aoife Mannix


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