You can see him from afar,
made taller by the child
on his shoulders, a smaller version
of himself; another in a carrier
on his back looks like
a wizened old man.

Little dogs gambol about his feet,
with every step threatening to
take him down and bury him in
a flurry of fur and teeth.

Closer, you can see the trolley he
pushes before him,
heavy in the sand;
his grandmother sitting proud,
jabbing with her knitting
needles, punctuating his life.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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